Moving Beyond the Internet of Things in 2012

January 25, 2012 - 3 Comments

Imagine a world where billions of objects have sensors to detect, measure, and assess their status, all interconnected over public or private IP (Internet Protocol) networks. This world of interconnected objects will have its data regularly collected, analyzed and used to initiate action, providing a wealth of intelligence for planning, management, policy and decision-making. Key information will be pushed out from machines to other machines, to individuals, and to public and private organizations, allowing them to take action appropriately.

This is the Internet of Things (IoT), and it is well on the way to becoming a reality. Large-scale applications have started being deployed just as businesses, industries and public sector bodies worldwide wake up to its extraordinary potential. It is no exaggeration to say that the IoT promises to transform our lives and the world around us.

Cisco believes the IoT is poised to grow exponentially, bringing significant benefits for businesses, industries, nations and regions alike. This paper builds on Cisco’s experience and viewpoint on the IoT and what it represents. It identifies how industries and countries are placed to realize the IoT’s transformational potential, and what roles business and government leaders could assume to accelerate mass adoption of the IoT.

As you know, I have been working with a passionate team at Cisco focused not only on Cloud Computing but also on the Internet of Things, Machine-to-Machine Communications; Smart and Connected Cities; Smart Grid; Connected Car; E-health, and now looking at the possibilities beyond, e.g. Web of Things.

Check out work on the Web of Things or WoT.

Whilst we at Cisco have always stated that the network is pivotal with reference to WoT, there are implications to real time communications and predictive analytics and reporting; meaning that the opportunity to develop and do cool things at Cisco and in the industry are here and now!

Looking forward to a creatively disruptive 2012 at Cisco!

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  1. Dear Santanu and Antonio,

    I appreciate very much your comments — indeed these are exciting times – the predictive analytics coupled with security attributes are my core interests here.

    Thanks always!


  2. Great stuff! What is really super is that industry giants like Cisco are looking into investing time and funding behind futuristic projects, technology and vision which can only be good for human kind. Just read on Stephen Liu’s blog how much effort Cisco has put into radiation-hardening some router platforms for the Space industry.

    Also read recently that researchers have successfully implemented Quantum Cryptography for a perfectly secure Cloud environment (ref: IMHO, all these bode very well for narrowing the gap between core science and technology and paving a way towards a grand unified future between the two.

    Thans for a great write up Monique!



  3. Is the focus on large-scale deployments mitigating the adoption of IoT as companies try to understand the ROI expectations? It would seem that solutions that are “downward-scalable” that will allow a company to focus on a horizontal solution, say asset tracking or regulatory compliance monitoring, will speed the adoption of this technology.