DATE : 07.14.2015
POSTED BY : Operations
 


IoT: The Next Big Disruption is Already Here 

 

More and more discussion is amassed around the technology trend The Internet of Things.  The subject was first documented by Kevin Ashton in 1999.  “Anytime, anywhere, by anyone and anything”.  When people think of this technology, they are never thinking big enough.  This technology is offering the advanced connectivity of devices, systems and services, and is ushering automation nearly across all fields. 

 

Data is able to be exchanged across multiple devices through multiple manufacturers, often called smart objects.  With the advent of smart phones becoming more capable and powerful mini computers, use and integration of smart devices will become more common, ultimately connecting people to things. 

 

Think You’re Ready?

 

While some of the commonly known uses today referencing the Interent of Things might be smart thermostats or WIFI connected washer & dryers, other uses for smart objects are quickly emerging.  For example, heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders in farm animals, automobile uses, and tools to assist fire fighters for search and rescue.  There is even smart cement; cement equipped with sensors to monitor stress or cracks.  Traffic flow optimization tools can now send traffic and street conditions to drivers. 

Farmers are using sensors to determine how much water is needed in different parts of their fields, ensuring no part of their field received too little or too much water.  The data is transmitted to the cloud, where it is processed and sent via smart phone to the farmer with recommendations of how much water to devote to the different parts of the field.  It’s said this process can help reduce water waste by up to 25%.

 

Now Enter the Cloud

 

The Cloud-based applications can collect data and translate it to useful intelligence, and then transmit it to machines or devices on the ground.  Cement becomes smart, bridges become smart, thermostats become smart, and cars & cities will become smart.

For consumers, it’s strengthening the connection from mobile device to consumer products.  For businesses, these inovations are creating new efficiencies and revenue sources.  The real value of the  Internet of Things is the ability of these devices, sensors, to gather data, and leverage it.

The disruption of the Internet of Things is positively affecting today’s technology.  The Time has come where information technology is coming to all parts of life.              

 

Sources

(1)     From the International Telecommunications Union, November 2004

(2)    Wired Magazine: The Internet of Things Is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes, Daniel Burrus, Burrus Research; http://www.wired.com/2014/11/the-internet-of-things-bigger/

(3)    Wired Magazine: A Smart Sensor to Help Farmers Save Water in a Drought; Klint Finley, http://www.wired.com/2015/06/smart-sensor-farmers-dont-waste-water-drought/

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