IoT—the internet of things—will probably be the most overused tech term of 2017. (Case in point, it has its own hashtag: #iot.)
And, yes, it might even be bigger than the “internet connected fridge”—the $20,000 smart fridge LG Electronics introduced in June, 2000 that could remind you when it was time to pick up some milk. LG spent $50 million developing that fridge.
Two decades later, the IoT has finally arrived. Fridges and all.
Basically, the IoT is a network of physical objects embedded with electronics, software sensors, and network connectivity, which allow them to collect and exchange information. (A fridge door sensor might connect to a central monitoring centre, for example, to let you know it’s open.) These days, we frequently see the IoT tag used as a promise that ‘for the first time ever’ you’ll be able to collect data and statistics on items and usage, and it’s pretty exciting.
Uniserve will be a key player in the IoT world. We think that behind any good old protocols are some pretty impressive new ones. Those old $1,000 sensors can now be replaced with $30 ones with better reliability, diversity and remarkable integrity of readings. And Uniserve already provides network monitoring. (With bandwidth up and down, latency, jitter, tracking, etc.)
The really exciting part of the innovation is not so much about the sensor or the network, it’s about the data, the alerts and what you do with them.
What kind of IoT data streams are available? How about Safe Food/Temperature Monitoring; Retail Store Traffic Pattern Analysis and Security Alerts; Frost Detection and Monitoring; or Machine Maintenance monitoring?
How about security alerts like Alarm On/Off; Item removed or moved; Room Sensors/movement detection; Police, Fire and Ambulance Dispatch; or Video surveillance?
Then there are environmental assessments like Carbon monoxide detection; Video surveillance; Smoke detection; Water and flood detection; or Energy Monitoring.
Or, how about Product delivery tracking; Inventory control; and Asset tracking?
If you can think it, measure it or worry about it, the IoT probably has a solution for it. The IoT is finally here, and we think it’s going to change everything.
Our CEO, Nicholas Jeffery, shares his thoughts on the IoT and smart cities.