SU­PER CON­NECTED

In­ter­net of Things will change ev­ery­thing, says Car­leton re­search chair

Ottawa Business Journal - Techopia - - Front Page - BY STEPHEN KAR­MAZYN

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.

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