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4 Key Requirements to Scale the Internet of Things

April 15, 2014 at 8:00 am PST

Today the Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere: you can easily see smart meters on houses, parking sensors in the ground, cameras attached to traffic posts, and people wearing intelligent wristband and glasses -- all of them connected to the Internet. And this is only the tip of the iceberg: while you are reading this blog post factories, trains and trucks around the world are also being connected to the Internet.

Many traditional industries have historically requested help from different types of engineers to improve their processes and gain efficiency. Now they are asking us, the Internet engineers, to contribute solving new industrial world challenges by connecting billions of new devices.

The more ambitious part of this journey is the integration between both worlds: Information Technology (IT) and Operation Technology (OT). For that a systems approach is required to scale the existing Internet infrastructure to accommodate IoT use cases, while making IT technology easy to adopt for OT operators. We are facing a historical opportunity to convergence massive scale systems in a way we have never seen before, and such an effort will unlock a multibillion-dollar business.

Scaling IoT

In order to be ready to capture this opportunity and scale in a sustainable manner, four requirements are necessary:

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Ask The #InternetOfEverything Futurist: “How Will the Future of Technology Integrate into our Five Senses?”

In my role as Cisco’s Chief Futurist, I get many questions about what the future holds and how new technology and emerging solutions will change our lives. Be sure to check out previous Ask the #InternetOfEverything Futurist blogs and videos about the advances of battery technology, the future of smartphones and new retail models.

Greek philosopher Aristotle first classified the five senses of human perception: sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing in De Anima, a landmark piece of work that explores how we interpret reality.

Today, Aristotle’s belief about senses still holds true: Our senses help us obtain a better understanding of the world around us. And as the Internet of Everything (IoE) connects more people, process, data and things, emerging technology and the network to support such technology is playing an increased role in our sensory development and capabilities.

New solutions that rely on haptic touch technology, sensors and real-time data transmission protocols are no longer requiring us to touch or even see technology in order for us to interact with it. These innovations coupled with the power of the Internet of Everything are creating enhanced experiences for us – and a new way of viewing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching our world.

In today’s Ask the #InternetOfEverything Futurist post, I’ll answer a question from Cisco Champion Karen Woodard’s student, Kurt, who addresses this type of IoE-enabled sensory technology evolution. Kurt asks:

Question: “How will the future of technology integrate into our five senses?”

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Calling All Internet of Things Entrepreneurs!

With less than 1% of things in the physical world connected to the Internet, there is an incredible opportunity to connect the unconnected. In keeping Cisco’s commitment to drive Internet of Things innovations, Cisco announces a new initiative to recognize and support up-and-coming innovators, entrepreneurs and early-stage startup businesses that contribute to the growth and evolution of the Internet of Things – an IoT Innovation Grand Challenge!

Internet of Things Innovation Grand Challenge

Today, Cisco is announcing the Internet of Things Innovation Grand Challenge. This global open competition aims to  recognize, promote and accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technologies and products created by startup businesses that will contribute to the growth and evolution of the Internet of Things.   Read More »

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Chicago is Host City for 2014 Internet of Things World Forum!

IoT_logo_2linesThis week, Cisco is hosting over 70 companies and organizations for a second annual in-person Steering Committee meeting to plan the second  Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF).   The goal of the Steering Committee is to shape the eventual Forum’s agenda and ensure it addresses top market opportunities and challenges that will influence global, political and environmental issues.  

The committee itself consists of thought leaders from business, universities, and governments from across these 70 companies and groups.  It is further broken out into 12 horizontal and vertical working groups who will be meeting as a group this week and who will continue to meet at a set cadence over the next six months in lead-up to the second IoTWF.

The overall goal of the IoTWF – and why Cisco started it in the first place -- is address topics that will improve the lives of citizens and businesses across manufacturing, energy, health, education, innovation, transportation, retail and job creation and also address the gaps and challenges of IoT standards, security, GTM, and architecture. The Internet of Things is happening now, but we need to ensure we bring together those who will be shaping it’s evolution.

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My #InternetofEverything Perspective: Driving Smarter with Technology and UPS

Dave Barnes, CIO of UPS, shares his perspective on the Internet of Everything.

The Internet of Everything has transformed the operations of UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services. For starters, the Internet enables UPS to help businesses everywhere deliver on the promise of e-commerce. UPS connects its customers to their customers in ways that improve global supply chains – and at the same time, allows customers to track their packages as they zip their way through UPS’s logistics network.

Cisco_UPS_Ioe Perspective

The Internet also helps UPS optimize its operations: As customers go online to schedule their pickup, UPS computers begin mapping the best way to move this incoming wave of packages – even before they’ve physically entered the UPS system. Being wired into the world enables UPS to deliver more than 16 million packages each day – and 4 billion packages a year – for nearly 9 million customers in more than 220 countries and territories.

Being wired also helps UPS drive smarter. To reduce the time –and fuel – needed to deliver those 4 billion packages, UPS has pioneered a proprietary new mapping and optimization solution known as ORION. ORION – short for On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation network – reviews the package information, the delivery instructions given by customers and the wireless data feeds from the handheld computers used by UPS drivers. ORION processes this data using advanced routing algorithms and then provides each driver with the optimal path to make that day’s run. UPS’s network also wirelessly transmits real-time alerts and updates to drivers as they run their routes.

The Internet of Everything is also enabling UPS to offer customers a more personalized delivery experience. Today, UPS customers have the ability to schedule delivery windows, provide special handling instructions – and redirect a package to another location even when it’s on its way. Thanks to the Internet, UPS can give customers big and small the VIP treatment.

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