A drop of water.
It’s not something we spend a lot of time thinking about.
A single drop by itself is not that significant. Yet, when combined with millions or even billions of other drops, it can change the face of our planet.
A drop of water is a great metaphor for the Internet of Everything. Like a single drop of water, a single person, bit of data, or thing connected with billions of other people, data, and things can also shape the face of our planet.
One tiny drop of water begins a chain reaction that causes a big result. Sensors talk to networks that talk to traffic grids that talk to energy systems – all working in concert to solve problems.
This is not limited to a drop of water:
· Product packing will talk to supply chains, which will talk to manufacturers, which will talk to suppliers to optimize production.
· Cars will talk to other cars, which will talk to streets, which will talk to traffic lights to optimize traffic flow.
· A pill will talk to your phone, which will talk to your electronic health record, which will talk to your doctor to ensure you have the best health care possible.
We are at the beginning of perhaps the most important market and technology transition of our lifetimes—where new companies, new services, and new opportunities will be created.
With the Internet of Everything, things that were silent will have a voice. It’s not one thing that’s going to be the next “big thing,” it’s billions of things working together that will create amazing new experiences.