The Internet of Things - 2
Confused about the "Internet of Things", what it means to you, your business and your clients? If you said yes, you are not alone.
Experts agree, the Internet of Things is the future, the near future. With incredible opportunities to not only connect smart devices, but regular every day devices like fridges, thermostats and much, much more this exciting technology is going to change how our world interacts with us.
Unfortunately, much of what is currently being written about the Internet of Things is highly technical and difficult to wade through leaving the reader unclear as to how this swiftly advancing technology relates to their current world.
That's where we can help. As experts in our field, our purpose is to stay in front of technology, sorting through the quickly forgotten fads and determining those technologies that create value for you and for your clients.
In our first Internet of Things post we provided a couple of great videos that show the vast potential of the Internet of Things.
In this post we would like to expand on that by connecting you to a number of really great articles on the subject.
Why Everyone Is Talking About the 'Internet of Things' (Excerpt from Cloud Computing Journal)
Over the summer Gartner released its much anticipated annual Hype Cycle report and the big news is that Internet of Things has now replaced Big Data as the most hyped technology.
The reasons for its popularity are not hard to find. In just the past 5 years or so technology has reached an inflection point in which social, mobile, analytic, and cloud have advanced to the point making ubiquitous computing possible. Smartphones and sensors and RFID chips are interconnected and integrated in ways never thought possible, giving users instant real-time updates on everything from home heating and cooling to car performance metrics to health fitness numbers.
The ability to receive real-time awareness of our physical world and interact with that data through touch-based, wearable, and augmented reality are just some of the many ways that the Internet of Things will exert wide-ranging and disruptive impacts on all levels of business and society. In fact, current trends indicate that the Internet will not just pertain to random “things” but will literally be ubiquitous, or what some are calling the “Internet of Everything.” John Chambers, Cisco CEO, claims this space will have five to 10 times the impact on society as the Internet itself, and is projecting a $19 trillion dollar market for this industry over the next decade.”
Things Working Together to Improve Your Life (Excerpt from article by NURUN)
By turning virtually anything into a connected object, we will uncover new opportunities to make everything we own that much more useful.
Imagine a network of ordinary, physical objects equipped with sensors and actuators that have the capacity to observe and collect information about their environments and then share that data with each other—and any other device or person connected to the Internet. The image you have in mind is the concept of the Internet of Things. Now, let’s think of how data gathered by these connected objects can be analyzed and used to improve our household environments.
Equipped with sensors and Internet connectivity, these objects communicate with other objects within their network and perform based on their collective knowledge. The Nest Learning Thermostat is probably the most well-known example of a connected object that can learn from monitoring the climate preferences of a home and set itself accordingly at different times during the day. Nurun partnered with Nest to create a website that brings the company's ethos to life while explaining their new-to-the-world product.
Connecting Common Objects
We are accustomed to the idea that the Internet has become ubiquitous in our homes and in objects that already contain electronic circuits. However, this idea hasn’t spread to other things that we find in our homes such as furniture, floors and doors—at least not yet. By transforming household objects beyond pure utility and finding ways to connect them to each other and the Internet, we can uncover new opportunities to capture ambient information that can be analyzed and used to make decisions that can positively affect our daily lives.
As technology progresses, common objects such as lamps, kitchen counters and utensils can be used to monitor our surroundings while remaining fully integrated into our environments. The idea is to connect objects that we don’t think of as hi-tech gadgets.
Adding Intelligence to Everything
In addition to sensor-based hubs and card-like gadgets, and in the same vein as ambient displays, we have also started to witness the development of new systems that are being built to add intelligence to objects we already own.
A universal system like SmartThings is designed to monitor, control and automate virtually anything that we find in our homes. By giving us access to a set of apps that interact with sensors, the system allows us control and monitor doors, windows, lights, fans, air conditioners, heaters, sprinklers, and more. The other original aspect of this cloud-based software is that it’s an open platform that lets communities of developers think of other useful ways to apply the system to consumer objects.
By allowing us to turn virtually anything into a connected object, these universal systems will allow us to uncover new opportunities and make everything we own that much more useful.
How The Internet Of Things May Impact Daily Life - (Excerpt from Syracuse University – Information Space)
In this week’s article, they break down how IoT can be used specifically and what it can potentially mean. In the report by the Pew Research Internet Project, “The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025”, Anderson and Rainie highlight where IoT can be applied. These places include:
Online devices can be worn by people to track location, health, or fitness record, similar to most wearables worn today.
A smart house may sound like something straight from The Jetsons or simply a thing of the far future. Yet, it may be coming to your local neighborhood within a few years. Remote management of household facilities, such as lighting, heating, cooling, or the security alarm, will be widespread across most houses on a series of intricate networks.
Several sensors will also be implemented in and around a house to warn owners of intruders, or of any household problems, such as plumbing issues.
Internally, smart appliances will also start to take over the kitchen, in the most helpful and satisfying manner. Most appliances can be set on a timer these days, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a nice hot cup of coffee ready for you when you come home from work with a push of a button on your wearable device? How about an oven that knows how long to cook a dish, and at what temperature, based on its seemingly endless internal cookbook?
With a more advanced GPS management system with IoT, each community and surrounding neighborhoods will be connected on a whole different level. Communities can become monitored more carefully to promote a safer environment for families. Public transportation can become more efficient and can even run the trains, monorails, or buses, with enough safety measures.
Commerce and Services
In commerce, corporations, small businesses, and organizations rely on countless systems to maintain their sales, company records, invoices–the list is endless. If the system fails, the company must swallow a financial setback every time. With an IoT connected system, a hybrid is created with the connection of the smaller subsystems, potentially creating a stronger system. While the risk is higher, the intangible profit can skyrocket. Time, energy, and cost can be significantly cut if all factors of a company are communicated constantly either by word of mouth, through the Internet, or both.
Always a topic of controversial conversation, most individuals agree that some action should be taken to restore or preserve our environment. A live feed of natural measurements can be read to gather data to suggest new changes or updates on pre-existing changes. The Pew report says on its first page that, “There will be real-time readings from fields, forests, oceans, and cities about pollution levels, soil moisture, and resource extraction that allow for closer monitoring of problems.” Ironically, a technological change may be just the thing the environmental experts could use to yield more accurate research results.