THE IN­TER­NET OF THINGS REVO­LU­TION WILL OUT­PACE SMART­PHONES

In­tel­li­gence in ev­ery­thing.

HWM (Singapore) - - THINK - by Dr. Jim­myTang

At the re­cent IDF (In­tel De­vel­oper Fo­rum) held at San Francisco, ex­ec­u­tives at In­tel talked about the tril­lion-dol­lar op­por­tu­nity that tech com­pa­nies, like In­tel, are eye­ing as the next tech­nol­ogy game changer. Cit­ing how the growth of in­ter­net con­nected de­vices will reach a whop­ping 50 bil­lion de­vices by 2020, the In­ter­net of Things (IoT) ecosys­tem is ex­pected to cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity worth up to US$19 tril­lion while gen­er­at­ing as much as 35 Zettabytes of data.

How­ever, IoT is still a rel­a­tively new mar­ket, ex­per­i­men­tal and in con­stant de­vel­op­ment all over the world. No one knows what the next big thing is, but ev­ery­one is get­ting into the business of dis­cov­er­ing new us­age sce­nar­ios based this very sim­ple idea of in­ter­net­con­nected de­vices that carry enough com­pute power to an­a­lyze, sense and process data.

The In­ter­net of Things is not an of­ten-used term in the con­sumer world as most are more fa­mil­iar with the con­cept of wear­ables. Prod­ucts like smart watches, smart glasses or fit­ness bands are just some of the bet­ter-known in­ter­net-con­nected de­vices that are mak­ing head­lines. How­ever, they are only a sub­set of a much wider group of de­vices un­der the IoT um­brella.

In­ter­net of Things cov­ers pretty much ev­ery­thing, from ar­chi­tec­tural to in­dus­trial, and all the way to fash­ion and health­care. As long as there’s a prod­uct out there that could be en­hanced with in­tel­li­gence, it could be part of the IoT ecosys­tem.

IoT has gath­ered much mo­men­tum this year as tech com­pa­nies like In­tel has been launch­ing de­vel­op­ment kits to help hard­ware and soft­ware de­vel­op­ers to build prod­ucts for the IoT space. De­vel­op­ment boards like the Gallileo and the re­cently launched In­tel Edi­son are al­low­ing de­vel­op­ers and hack­ers the abil­ity to in­te­grate com­pute ca­pa­bil­i­ties into every­day prod­ucts like clothes, cof­fee cups, shoes or bi­cy­cles.

How­ever, what’s im­por­tant for now is not what th­ese de­vices can sense and de­tect, but where the data might end up. With pri­vacy is­sues be­ing a ma­jor con­cern, In­tel has been work­ing hard to as­sure de­vel­op­ers that its hard­ware and de­vices are built and en­hanced with McAfee’s se­cu­rity so­lu­tions.

Se­cu­rity con­cerns aside, when IoT de­vices are given the per­mis­sion to sense, gather data, an­a­lyze and con­nect to the cloud, their po­ten­tial mul­ti­plies greatly. Ve­hi­cles can get more ef­fi­cient with per­for­mance data gath­ered and an­a­lyzed, and build­ings can get smarter and more ef­fi­cient by track­ing elec­tric­ity and wa­ter us­age. Some of th­ese are al­ready be­ing tested and de­ployed in se­lected in­dus­tries to­day.

We have just be­gun to see only a frac­tion of IoT’s ben­e­fits and it’s about to get a whole lot big­ger as more tech com­pa­nies join the IoT revo­lu­tion. We think it’s go­ing to have a huge im­pact to the world we live in, so much that it’s even big­ger than the in­ven­tion of the smart­phone.

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