Cisco predicts that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020, while The Economist reports that close to 75% of global corporate leaders are exploring the possibilities of the Internet of Things (IoT). Clearly, IoT is hot and happening. So what is the Internet of Things? And, why it is such a big deal in the electronics community? What impact will it have on audio visual and collaboration spaces in the future? Let’s explore answers to these questions.
An Introduction to the Internet of Things, or IoT
IoT is a network of objects, a network that is formed by objects connected via the Internet. There are three parts that make it up: the objects, the network connecting the objects, and the computing systems that utilize the data flowing to and from the IoT. The IoT’s best and most popular examples are home automation, car, and appliance automation. Driverless cars that use sensors are the latest on the list of IoT based devices. Research suggests that most of the traffic congestions we experience is due to the inability to find parking places. To beat these traffic odds, cities like San Carlos, California; Barcelona, Spain; and Hamburg, Germany have already started working on embedded network sensors to help drivers find open parking spots. Connecting sensors to traffic lights and signage is probably not far behind. Those are just a few examples of the types of objects included in the IoT.
CES 2015 – All about the Wearables
CES 2015 was really focused on IoT and wearable technology at its best. According to Samsung Electronics’ president and CEO, Boo-Keun Yoon, who delivered the keynote at this year’s event, IoT has already ushered in some of the futuristic […]