Internet of Things? By now you may have heard about the term. Sounds interesting! But what does the Internet of Things mean? IoT is an evolution of global, home, and embedded applications that are being connected to the internet, integrating greater compute capabilities and using data analytics to extract meaningful information.
Billions of devices will be connected to the internet, and soon hundreds of billions of devices. As related devices connect to each other, they can become an intelligent system of systems. And when these intelligent devices and systems of systems share data over the cloud and analyze it, they can transform our business, our lives, and our world in countless ways: whether it’s improving medical outcomes, creating better products faster with lower development costs, making shopping more enjoyable, or optimizing energy generation and consumption.
Here’s an example of the big picture. Imagine an intelligent device such as a smart traffic camera. The camera can monitor the road for congestion, accidents, and weather conditions, and communicate that status to a gateway that combines that data from other cameras, creating an intelligent city-wide traffic system. Now imagine that intelligent traffic system connected to other city-wide transportation systems which get data from their own intelligent devices, creating an ever larger intelligent system of systems.
The really big possibilities come from analyzing the end-to-end data across that system of systems. For example, let’s say the city’s intelligent traffic system detect massive congestion due to an accident. That insight can be sent to the city-wide transportation system which can analyze the accident’s impact on other city systems. Recognizing the accident is near the airport and two city schools, it could notify those systems so they could adjust flight and school schedules. It can also analyze and derive optimal route around the accident and send those instructions to the city’s digital signage system, to guide the drivers around the accident. And that’s just one example of the potential benefits that can happen when intelligent devices share insight with other systems forming ever expanding systems of systems.