As I am preparing to leave for Barcelona to attend the inaugural Internet of Things World Forum I can’t but think about how much the Internet has transformed the way we all live. But also, how little we have done to leverage that incredible reach and power to make all things around us work in a better, smarter way.
While I believe that there is a growing understanding of what the Internet of Things (IoT) is, and where it fits in the larger Internet of Everything (IoE), there is still much to do in terms of in terms of educating people on the practical applications, potential solutions, and use cases for IoT. What is good about where we are now? There is a great opportunity for innovation! Think about it, this is perhaps the greatest opportunity to leverage the Internet since the launch of e-commerce back in the 90’s. However, all the growth and benefits we have seen from the dawn of the Internet up to today has only touched about 1% of the things we live with… just imagine the opportunities inherent in connecting the other 99% of things. If the other 99% of things in the world were connected, and shared data in a smart way over an intelligent network, they could make better, faster decisions, optimize processes, increase efficiencies and improve the standard of living for everybody around the world. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, internet of things, IoTWF IoT IoE
Last month I kicked off a new series focusing on companies and start-ups that are helping to move the Internet of Everything (IoE) forward. Today, I am excited to share some insights from Alex Hawkinson, founder of SmartThings, a platform for automating connected objects.
Alex shares an interesting perspective with us about the value of increased connections and how creating an open, low-cost way to automate our lives is key to achieving the full benefit of the Internet of Everything. Here’s a look at how Alex and SmartThings are pioneering the growth of IoE.
SmartThings is garnering a lot of buzz in the industry for adding intelligence to everyday objects to achieve home and office automation. In which ways is SmartThings leading the way by connecting the previously unconnected?
The dream of the Jetsons-style house has long been just that – a dream. Different smart devices have come to market but, generally speaking, they’ve been hard to buy, set up and use. With SmartThings we set out to create a single platform and single app interface from which you can control all of the connected objects in your life. When you purchase a SmartThings kit, you can connect pieces of your home in minutes once you plug in the hub and download the app. You can mix and match third-party devices with those created by SmartThings to build the connected space that makes the most sense for you. SmartThings is simple enough that the average smartphone user can bring a connected world to life, but sophisticated enough that an inventor can create completely new devices and applications to custom fit his or her needs.
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Tags: Cisco, innovation, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoT, mobility, network, Tomorrow Starts Here
The Internet of Things World Forum is fast approaching and I’m looking for a few good Tweeters! Are you going to the IoT World Forum? If so, add your name and twitter name below… or just start tweeting #IoTWF!
What might you be tweeting about? Well, we’ve just announced our closing keynote speaker and he sounds amazing! Also, I’ve outlined three other speaking sessions you should check out. If you’re registered to attend the IoT World Forum, don’t forget to also register for individual sessions to save your seat!
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Tags: IoT, IoTWF
Science fiction writers have often mused about the merger of humans and machines. But while RoboCops and bionic superheroes aren’t likely to fight evil anytime soon, some exciting wearable smart technologies are already here. They may not match Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit, but they are enabling ordinary people to interact with the wider world — and the Internet of Everything (IoE) — in intriguing (and sometimes stylish!) ways.
So, if you think your smart device is generating and processing a lot of data today, get ready for an even closer connection with your personal technology in the near future. Wearables are infusing sensors into bands, watches, shoes, shirts, bras, glasses, earrings, necklaces, and helmets. And these technologies are ready to generate reams of data — as well as real-time insights — about the ways in which we live, play, learn, work, exercise, maintain health, you name it.
I expect wearables to be a core topic of conversation at the Internet of Things World Forum in Barcelona later this month. As a further evolution of IoT, IoE is all about connecting people, processes, data, and things in amazing new ways. And while we often hear about IoE’s potential to transform supply chains, factories, retailers, and assorted megaprojects, wearables are a good reminder that the people element of connecting the unconnected is paramount. Armed with these new technologies — and the ability to connect via the key pillars of IoE, such as cloud, mobility, video, and analytics —individuals will be able to monitor and quantify their lives like never before. Wearables add another dimension to the Quantified Self movement, which I covered in a previous blog.
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Tags: Big Data, Cisco, Cisco Consulting Services, employee productivity, innovation, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoE Value Index, IoT, Quantified Self, value at stake, Wearables
The inaugural Internet of Things World Forum is in just a few weeks and if you’ve registered you are probably getting excited with anticipation. As part of your preparations for the World Forum (in addition to packing your clothing and power cords) you’ll want to plan your daily schedule.
Session registration is on a “first come first served basis” and as sessions reach the capacity of the room, we’re closing registration. I thought I’d highlight a few sessions that sound interesting, to give you a taste of what’s to come, including one addressing the title of this post:
BIZ 01 -- Disruption ahead! The new economics of a decentralized energy world. This should be a fascinating panel session as 4 industry experts discuss why power generation will be decentralized (and how to roll your own power), the pros and cons of net metering (and who pays), the potential obsolesce of utilities, and the new business models we must explore. In the past power has flowed in one direction -- from centralized plants to homes and businesses. Now, however, power is flowing in all directions from hundreds of thousands of rooftop solar panels and other forms of distributed generation -- and this distribution will only get more complicated. Read More »
Tags: barcelona, connected grid, electric vehicle, IoE, IoT, IoTWF, Smart City Tour, utilities, World Forum