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  • Bilan: Les nouveaux modèles d’affaires de la «privacy».

    By on March 17, 2015

    http://www.bilan.ch/node/1019051

    PAR FABRICE DELAYE Plusieurs start-up suisses font de la protection de la vie privée une expérience utilisateur attrayante.

    DONNÉES PERSONNELLES

    Depuis de nombreuses années, on répète que les lois helvétiques sur la protection de la vie privée sont un atout dans la nouvelle économie numérique. Les révélations de l’affaire Snowden sur la surveillance des données personnelles, l’arrivée des objets connectés et du soi quantifié et les applications pour smartphone qui nous géolocalisent à tout instant ont rendu la question tangible pour un large public.

    Reste qu’à l’exception de la transformation de quelques bunkers de l’armée en data centers, le business suisse de la protection de la vie privée et des données demeurait abstrait pour l’utilisateur lambda. C’est ce qu’a décidé de changer une poignée de start-up.

    Privately dans le contrôle d’accès aux données que l’on publie sur les réseaux sociaux, Pryv pour celui des données médicales, Threema avec sa messagerie instantanée encryptée et ProtonMail avec ses e-mails entièrement sécurisés donnent aux utilisateurs des moyens simples et efficaces de protéger leurs données personnelles des grandes oreilles de la NSA comme de Google et consorts. En substance, non seulement elles conservent les données sur des serveurs basés en Suisse mais elles démocratisent des outils sophistiqués d’encryptions. Ils sont invisibles dans l’expérience utilisateur.

    Naissance d’un cluster

    Spin-off du groupe Kudelski, Privately vient ainsi de lancer une application qui rend les données (les photos, par exemple) publiées sur Facebook et Twitter accessibles uniquement à des destinataires et pour des durées choisis. Il suffit de les télécharger sur l’app qui les publie ensuite sur les réseaux sociaux avec ces paramètres. La lausannoise Pryv commercialise, elle, sa technologie certifiée en marque blanche pour des partenaires dans le domaine de la santé.

    A l’instar de Domosafety, ils en font une fonctionnalité de leurs produits. Threema, de son côté, fait un carton en Allemagne avec une messagerie de type WhatsApp entièrement encryptée et utilisée par 3,2  millions de personnes. La genevoise ProtonMail s’apprête à lancer sa boîte mail, elle aussi encryptée, après avoir attiré plus de 300 000 utilisateurs pour la version test. Grâce à une prise en compte soignée de l’expérience utilisateur, ces entreprises concrétisent les promesses d’un cluster helvétique dans la «privacy».

  • Pryv news: connect Moves App and graphs on iOs App

    By on March 16, 2015

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    We are excited to announce integration with Moves, as well as the release of a new version of Pryv for iOS, with new functionality and better performance and usability.

    Moves integration

    Now you can enrich your Pryv perspective with all the walking, cycling and running automatically recorded by Moves.
    Connect here (or via the web app)

    Graph visualization for your measures on iOS

    Get a more insightful view for your numerical values.
    Please note that in version 1.7.7 of the app your values and graphs will appear first in the mobile timeline.

    Download Pryv for iOS
    Copyright © 2015 Pryv, All rights reserved.
  • BDO: An interview with Pryv, Elasticio & Followupcc on the future of cloud connectors

    By on March 11, 2015

    Evelina Georgieva (EG), Head of Business Development at Pryv. Pryv provides personal and health logging solutions to both organizations and individuals:

    For us as a company, the main benefit is quick and easy communication with users, and quicker access to a large number of potential users.
    The power of our service is to a degree dependent on the amount and quality of data available and the ability to seamlessly collect and integrate data from many different apps and platforms is a plus for both us and our customers. “

     

    MEET THE COMPANIES DESTROYING SOFTWARE SUITES AND SYSTEM INTEGRATION AS WE KNOW IT

    CLOUD CONNECTORS AND THEIR SURROUNDING ECOSYSTEM PROMISES A NEW, FLEXIBLE APPROACH TO CREATING BEST-OF-BREED SOFTWARE AND APPLICATION SOLUTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND COMPANIES ALIKE. THE APPROACH MIGHT SPELL THE END OF SYSTEM INTEGRATION AND SOFTWARE SUITES, AS WE KNOW THEM. MEET THREE OF THE SPECIALISTS WHO GIVE YOU THE INSIDE VIEW, OF WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW – AND WHAT THE FUTURE OF CLOUD CONNECTORS MIGHT BE.

    Cloud integrators are currently causing upheaval in the software and application industry. The integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) approach, as it is known, lets you combine applications and software solutions seamlessly.It is an approach based on creating flexible best-of-breed solutions across the board for both individuals and companies that – wanting to or not – throws down the gauntlet and will have software giants, who want to sell you bundled software, scratching their heads, if not biting their fingernails.
    Because while it might not be for everyone, the LEGO-based approach to software solutions, with the ability to connect apps and software from any and all developer is gaining steam and has got large parts of the software industry, as well as venture capitalists and investment funds, buzzing.
    For example, the cloud connector IFTTT recently raised $30 million in new funding and was valued at $200+ million by VentureWire. A valuation that will no doubt grow as the company expands its network of connected applications.
    IFTTT can connect various parts an emerging ecosystem of apps that offers everything from Facebook and Twitter to small, highly focused and specialised services.
    As I have written about in another article, the degree of specialisation might mean the death of bundled software from giants such as Microsoft, Adobe and Oracle, plus have wide-ranging impacts on adjoining industries such as system integration.
    I spoke to three insiders about their take on the cloud connector ecosystem, as well as what possibilities and challenges might lie ahead.

    Jakob Sand (JKS): To start with the positives, what are some of the main strengths of cloud integrators, not just for your company but also for users in general?

    Renat Zubairov (RZ), Co-Founder & CEO of elastic.io, a provider of iPaaS that helps SaaS Vendors and companies using SaaS software with data and application integration:
    Best of breed springs to mind. Companies have much better possibilities of creating solutions tailored to their needs.
    It makes companies more flexible and able to react faster to changes in markets or internal organisational needs. Companies’ internal IT infrastructure and efficiency gains related to it are major competitive advantages in the current competitive landscape. If all companies bought the same software that advantage would not exist.
    Evelina Georgieva (EG), Head of Business Development at Pryv. Pryv provides personal and health logging solutions to both organizations and individuals:
    For us as a company, the main benefit is quick and easy communication with users, and quicker access to a large number of potential users.
    The power of our service is to a degree dependent on the amount and quality of data available and the ability to seamlessly collect and integrate data from many different apps and platforms is a plus for both us and our customers.
    Suzanne Cohen (SC), CEO at FollowUp.cc. – a company that provides users with the ability to set time-based reminders via email through formatted email addresses in the TO, CC and BCC fields:
    The ability to make integrations on the fly without bringing in an IT person and engineering resources. Before cloud connectors, integration was a challenging and expensive process and now it is simple.
    If we were to build an integration, we would test the market and see if there was a need to service, look at the cost of building and then perhaps start engineering. Only after we had some validation would be build and we certainly wouldn’t put resources into building a feature for a single user. That changes with cloud integrators.
    The fact that our tool can be integrated with many others leads to a situation where our customer stickiness is vastly improved.

    JKS: How would you say that the advantages of cloud integrators might vary between SMEs and larger companies?

    EG from Pryv: There are certain advantages in regards to SMEs, due to the flexible approach. Using a cloud integration solution for your software and app needs definitely cuts your IT-costs.
    SC from FollowUp: It eliminates integration costs – making it easier to on-board users and giving those users the features that they want almost immediately. This definitely helps speed up the sales process.
    The size of the enterprise probably matters. The majority of our users are either SME companies or individuals.
    RZ from elasti.io: You could argue that it is better suited for the needs of SMEs, but larger organisations see a lot of what I refer to as consumerization of software and apps. This means that individual workers, offices or departments use specific services that might not be part of the organisation’s official software ecosystem.
    Just think about Dropbox; many workers use that or similar services to share documents – even if Dropbox is not the company’s preferred cloud storage service.

    JKS: Are you afraid that your product might ‘drown’ in a sea of similar offerings in such an ecosystem? Or that cloud connectors being a new kind of software vendor and offering integration services might have an impact on your business?

    SC: I do not think we are likely to drown. What I think you will see is the emergence of a lot of specialist apps and software that only do few things, but do those things very well. There is a great strength in specialising and offering unique services, and I think that will be the future scenario: a lot of specialised products that end users can mix and match to create best of breed solutions across the board.
    EG Our product is pretty specific and I do not think there is a similar product on a platform such as IFTTT at the moment. Of course, there might be others in future, but I do not think that it is likely that we are going to see a lot of direct competition. I agree on the specialisation, which also means that the development teams in app and software companies do not need to be very large – on a comparative scale with what you see in big companies, at least.
    RZ: Well, if you ask system integrators, many of them will tell you that they are seeing a drop in the number of consultancy hours they do. That is not only related to the cloud integrators, but also has something to do with the general development of the software business.
    I do not think that cloud connectors are the new system integrators, or that they even want that role.

    JKS: It sounds like cloud connector could turn services into a system akin to LEGO where the individual user – be it a person, group or company – has the ability to mix and match solutions as they want.

    Is this a view you would agree with? And if so, what are some of the consequences for other parts of the software industry?

    SC: I think some of that is already happening today. Take our own company, for example. We use intercom.io and closed.io for customer interaction and sales that would otherwise be spread out over email, chat sessions, CRM, analytics, etc. Both apps do what they do extremely well, and suit our needs perfectly. Thanks to cloud integration, we can connect and integrate these solutions.
    However, I think there will always be a place for enterprise software. Using a cloud connector to integrate is still a challenging process for the vast majority of people. We use Zapier to automate many business processes in our office and I have been super impressed with the functionality, but my mom could never figure out the system.
    RZ: We are seeing the emergence of a different ecosystem of apps and connections between them that relies on some of the strengths of a cloud-based approach.
    That said, there are still some issues and challenges when implementing a decentralised software structure in a business setting. One such issue communication latency that is specific for Cloud/SaaS applications, which is one area where an on-premise applications behave differently.
    There is also an issue of trust. It is not that people do not trust cloud integrators, but that they know and trust the system integrators they work with, and who they have easier face-to-face access to.
    In short, I think that there will still be plenty of room for solutions like SAP, and there will be many companies who prefer the single solution approach, but cloud connectors offer a customizable, flexible, best-of-breed approach.
    EG: The LEGO approach is definitely one that we agree with and support. It seems to lead back to how the software and app industry was a long time ago, where there was much more room for smaller companies. To some degree, cloud integrators help support an emerging ecosystem inhabited by a multitude of small, agile and highly specialised companies who keep on coming up with new products. I believe it is a model that large software and app companies cannot compete with.

    JKS: What are some of the mergers and acquisition trends we are seeing in relation to cloud integrators? Are we, for example, seeing big companies take on the newcomers by delving into their incredibly deep pockets?

    RZ: In the first wave of acquisitions in the cloud integration space we saw the Dell/Boomi and IBM/CastIron deals. These two deals are in the deep enterprise integration area where cloud has just started to play a role.
    It is difficult to know when we might see the next big wave come, but it might be tied to the maturation of business app stores like App Direct or Parallels, which will go out and buy very specific features and capabilities.
    SC: There is to some degree a trend where some of the bigger players are buying up some of the smaller enterprises and start-ups they find interesting, or offer specialised services that they want to integrate. For example, this is what I think was behind Microsoft’s move to acquire Acompli and Sunrise.
    An interesting trend that I think will continue is the emergence of specialists in the ‘pipes’ themselves. Twilio is growing rapidly, and what they offer if the connection between apps or software. In other words, it does not do anything on its own of offer channels like IFTTT.
    EG: I am sure that the big companies will want to try that, but the organic and evolving nature of the market that is made possible thanks to cloud connectors will prove that it is an approach that is doomed to fail.
    The question becomes: how do you identify the small companies that are going to be successful, the ones that might become a threat to part of your bundled software-solutions or offer a new, innovative solution that corners a specific market? I do not think that will be possible. It would be like trying to keep track of a continually growing long tail of apps and software.
    For the smaller companies, the cloud connectors helps them reach a number of users where they become interesting for VCs and investment funds.
     
    March 11, 2015
  • ” Die dezentrale Ablage medizinischer Daten unter Berücksichtigung der Jurisdiktion und unter Verwendung von Wearables ist die Spezialität von Pryv. “

    By on March 10, 2015

    Artikel erschienen in IT Magazine 2015/01

    von Christian Walter, swiss made software
     
    Die Verwaltung und Aufbewahrung medizinischer Daten ist heikel. Die Menge ist gross und nimmt ständig zu. Ein Treiber ist der Trend zur Selbstvermessung, das Quantified Self. Ins Spiel kommen hier allerlei neue Sensoren und Wearables. Diese produzieren nicht nur viele Daten, sondern legen diese in unterschiedlichsten Silos auf verschiedene Arten ab. So entstehen disparate Datenberge, verteilt rund um den Erdball. Ordnung in dieses digitale Tohuwabohu bringen will das Lausanner Start-up Pryv.
    Seit Oktober 2014 bietet das Unternehmen eine Datenverwaltungslösung für Businesskunden. Deren Entwicklung begann bereits 2012. Damals wollten die sechs Gründer aus dem EPFL-Umfeld eine Endkunden-Lösung schaffen, die ihnen die Kontrolle über die eigenen Daten ermöglicht. Dafür schufen sie einen ganzen Software-Stack. Allerdings gelang es nicht, die notwendigen Gelder zu akquirieren, um das Frontend fertigzustellen. Aus der Not wurde eine Tugend und Pryv änderte die Zielkundschaft von Privat auf Business.

    Wearables und andere Sensoren

    Schliesslich war das grundlegende Problem auch hier vorhanden. Zahlreiche Geschäftsideen fussen auf der Erhebung von Daten mittels sogenannter Wearables oder anderer Sensoren, deren Speicherung und schliesslich Verarbeitung. Hier setzt Pryv in seiner zweiten Inkarnation an, zum Beispiel bei der Altenpflege. Ein Kunde des Unternehmens ist spezialisiert auf Notfallerkennung bei allein lebenden Senioren. Deren Wohnungen werden mit Sensoren an Türen, Kühlschränken oder Couch und Bett ausgestattet. Die Interaktion der Menschen mit den Sensoren wird aufgezeichnet und nach einer Weile können Anomalien erkannt und gegebenenfalls Notfalldienste alarmiert werden.
    Sensoren und Analyse obliegen Pryvs Kunden, setzen aber auf der Pryv-Datenbank auf. Diese wird direkt von den selbstentwickelten Sensoren des Partners gefüttert, kann aber auch mit fast allen anderen gängigen Marken sprechen. «Im letzten Jahr erkannte man in der Wearables-Industrie, dass es ohne offene APIs nicht geht. In Folge sind praktisch alle APIs offengelegt worden», so Pierre-Mikael Legris, CEO von Pryv.

    Endkunden haben Kontrolle

    Interessanterweise darf hier auch der Patient mitreden – sofern der Anbieter dies erlaubt. Ein mögliches Szenario ist die Weitergabe der Sensordaten an Dritte, zum Beispiel Familienangehörige. Diese können direkt einsehen, ob es irgendwelche Unregelmässigkeiten gibt oder ob man lieber später anruft, da der Senior noch im Bett liegt. Das ist zwar löblich, aber nicht im Interesse eines jeden Menschen, auch wenn er gebrechlich ist. Deshalb kann dieser bestimmen, wie genau die Aussagen sind. Das Spektrum reicht hier von «Alles in Ordnung» bis «Macht gerade die Kühlschranktür auf». Die Berechtigung vergibt der Senior selbst mit einem eigenen Token.
    Das Anwendungsspektrum ist natürlich deutlich weiter und Pryv hat schon andere Projekte in Arbeit.
  • Hacking Health Camp in Strasbourg, March 19th-22th

    By on February 19, 2015

    Dear Health Hackers,

    Together with Hacking Health Meetup Zurich, we’d like to invite you to join the Hacking Health Camp in Strasbourg, which will take place March 19th-22nd.

    The Hacking Health Camp (http://hackinghealth.camp/) is one of the biggest events in Europe for health-focused hackathons. The entire event will cover four days and includes conferences, workshops, and a weekend hackathon. You can join for one or all the events, and there are reductions for Students and Startups, with a savings of 50%. Here are the specifics:

    http://hackinghealth.camp/ticket.html

    THE FUTURE OF HEALTH

    9:30 – 17:00, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015

    A entire day of inspiring and forward-thinking conferences on the future of health by a line up of internationally-recognized health mentors.

    HEALTH PITCH CHALLENGE : HEALTH STARTUPS KONTEST PARTY

    19:00 – 22:00, THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 19, 2015

    A festive event dedicated to health startups, complete with the presence of investors. Early-stage startups will pitch; attendees will vote by investing in their favorite startups with fake banknotes. The winner will be the one who raises the most money.

    HEALTH DATA DAY : BIG DATA IN HEALTHCARE IS HERE, HOW CAN WE USE IT ?

    9:00 – 17:00, FRIDAY MARCH 20, 2015

    A full day of workshops and conferences centered around the technical, medical, privacy and legal aspects of producing, consuming and analyse health data.

    HEALTH HACKATHON : PROTOTYPING WEEKEND

    17:00, FRIDAY 20 TO 22:00, SUNDAY 22 MARCH, 2015

    The second annual hackathon will run from Friday evening to Sunday evening. Health professionals, developers and designers will create prototypes based on challenges submitted before the event.

     

  • Swiss Made Software

    Pryv is labeled as “Swiss made software”

    By on February 18, 2015

    We are proud to announce Pryv is labeled as “Swiss made software”

    “The “swiss made software” label is dedicated to promoting the Swiss software sector both in Switzerland and abroad. It is associated with Swiss values such as qualityreliability and precision – in particular in software development.This fact is also confirmed by the presence of numerous international companies. Additionally companies like Google and IBM operate local research and development centers. On this platform, you can find a directory of all companies that meet the label’s requirements. In other words: partners that are innovativeopen and flexible.”

    http://www.swissmadesoftware.org/en/companies/pryv/home.html

     

  • 5 digital health trends you’ll see in 2015

    By on January 6, 2015
  • 6 Ways Digital Health Transformed Healthcare in 2014 by http://hitconsultant.net/

    By on December 4, 2014

    1. The Gift of Time

    2. The Gift of Knowledge

    3. The Gift of Connection

    4. The Gift of Movement

    5. The Gift of Hope

    6. The Gift of Life

    More at:http://hitconsultant.net/2014/12/03/6-ways-digital-health-transformed-health-care-2014/

  • Pryv changes strategy to support the health sector

    By on November 12, 2014

    Over the past few months, we have been getting hints of opportunities in using the Pryv platform for businesses, particularly in the health sector where its privacy-first, user-centered design makes a lot of sense.

    At the same time, we came to acknowledge that we would not be able to develop our user product as initially expected. To achieve our ambitions and launch a full-featured offer, we need significantly more resources that are still missing so far.

    We thus decided to adjust our strategy, and focus on providing Pryv as a platform and service to health organisations.

    Importantly, pursuing this new business opportunity will allow us to continue supporting and evolving Pryv for our users. The Pryv service will continue to run, with registration open to everyone, and in a couple of weeks we’ll publish updates to both our web and iOS apps.

    We look forward to what this change will bring for Pryv and its users, and are currently looking for more business partners. Learn more about our offer to businesses here.

  • mHealth, what is it? – Infographic

    By on October 23, 2014

    “mHealth allows mobile devices to monitor and collect health data more efficiently, allowing quicker and better treatment and increase prevention. The infographic explains in detail what mHealth does and how it improves the life of patients in the EU”

    https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/mhealth-what-it-infographic

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