Internet of things


Imagine in the morning, you wake up wearing your fit bit watch, you reach over and pick up your iPhone to check for e-mail, tap on the icon for fit bit app to see your sleep pattern during the night, then, step in the bathroom to weigh yourself using a fit bit scale that automatically sends data to a server in the cloud. This turns into data, numbers and presents feedback in a website or a smartphone app. You can track your weight, body fat, food intake, and activity level.

Mobility is the heart of this revolution.

We are seeing companies replacing their non-connected control interfaces of products to networked mobile tablets to allow the impossibilities. The impacts are:

1) Companies no longer produce a single hardware device, but a connected device to the cloud with driven data and patterns at the back end and ability of charging monthly/ yearly subscription for profits.

According to Cisco Systems, businesses will generate 613 billion of additional profits annually as a result of connected devices, this represents 50% of the potential of Internet of Things. And it is only a beginning.

2) The access to dates facilitates an accurate, genuine view of the business.

A pharmaceutical firm can understand consumption patterns in real time, and track the spread of viruses through pattern readings.

3) Adjust and adapt to changes quickly and dynamically.

E.g. when manufacturers attach sensors to ordinary items- food packages ,clothing, it would suddenly identify defects problems and recall items quickly and efficiently.

4) BUT, we may live in a world where many things won’t work and nobody knows how to fix it. The largest challenge lies on designing systems that deliver high level of reliability and safety.

E.g. what happens if terrorist hackinto automated vehicles and cause the entire traffic to malfunction?

5) Smart System, Dumb People?

Today GPS devices lead us to a destination without the need to know the route, the downside is people cannot remember important phone numbers, use a map, and leaves a lot of touch to our natural instinct, natural environments and rhythms.

In a nutshell, we are seeing a large and fast-transition of industries replacing their control interfaces to tablets that allows a low cost, sophisticated one single platform system that drives data where they can finally read the behavior of their customers and in turn have a deeper insight- BIG DATA. At the same time, security would be a risk and issue.