Internet of Things will change everything, says Carleton research chair
Ottawa is getting smarter, at least in the technical sense. The Internet of Things, which is to say the connectivity between devices in everything from wearables that measure heart rates to cars that selfassess, is going to be big.
“The Internet of Things will allow us to see our world and to make our world smarter. It will transform the way we live,” Mohamed Ibnkahla told those gathered for his appointment to the new Research Chair in Sensor Technology for the Internet of Thing at Carleton University.
This is another in the long string of IoT focused investment of human capital and, well, regular capital. IoT is taking over everything from energy consumption and water control to garbage collection and snow removal, he said.
Ibnkahla went so far as to say that the “whole concept of city governments … will completely change with the Internet of Things.”
Cisco Canada president Bernadette Wightman, who partnered with Carleton in the announcement of this new chair, says, “We may already think we live in a hyperconnected world, but one per cent of the things that can be connected are connected.”
That means there is plenty of room for growth. A recent Cisco study determined the IoT will drive $14.3 trillion of net value globally over the next decade with $400 billion of that coming in Canada alone.
LEFT TO RIGHT: CISCO CANADA PRESIDENT BERNADETTE WIGHTMAN, DR. MOHAMED IBNKAHLA AND ROSEANN RUNTE, PRESIDENT OF CARLETON.