IoT: Connectivity is the Key!
It is well known by now that the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to be the next major disruptive technology. However, some are beginning to wonder why it isn’t more influential already. This may be due to limitations in interoperability and connectivity, but it is widely believed that this year will be the one where IoT begins to fulfill it’s promise.
Companies are beginning to realize that is in their best interest to embrace open standards, collaboration and ideas about development, in order to get the most out of IoT. The technology presents an opportunity for technological innovators to work on devices and concepts in order to fulfill the promise of intelligent products. These products will be smarter, more easily managed and have the capacity to contribute to an interconnected society, by delivering the capability for every household, item and device to be interconnected via the internet.
One great example of this potential in action is from Tesco, who built virtual supermarkets in subway stations across South Korea to be accessible by smartphones. Consumers scanned the image of the product they wanted, keyed in size and quantity parameters where applicable, and arrived home to find their groceries had, in most cases, gotten there before them.
In the future, the technology will influence a lot more than shopping. Predictions are that by 2020, 250 million vehicles will be interconnected, being assisted to drive by automation. The predictions also state that by 2020, there will be 25 billion interconnected things in total.
With IoT technologies being delivered to consumers by a variety of companies and brands, it is extremely important that they share solutions and standards in order to fulfill this potential and deliver on the promise of these numbers. It has also been pointed out by senior executives at Samsung that, if IoT is to become and intrinsic part of daily life, then developers need to focus on peoples lifestyles instead of just objects. IoT needs the capability to deliver on individual needs and changing ideas.
Predictions are that consumer electronics will talk to each other both within and between households, reacting to inhabitants’ movements and also being controlled by voice commands. Samsung intends to equip 90% of their products with IoT capability by 2017, as they are one of the largest and most successful tech companies, it is likely that their competitors will follow suit.