More and more electrical devices are being connected to the internet, ranging from watches and TV’s to coffee makers and fridge’s and the scope is constantly expanding these devices amongst other such as sensors and meters are the ‘Things’ in the IoT. The IoT is the concept behind getting all these devices connected and online, “turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals and countries”1. ABI researches say that there will be 16 billion devices online wirelessly in 2014 and technology analyst firm Gartner predict there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020. This will form a network of connected ‘Things’ (which is soon to include us, will touch on this next time) forming relationships people-people, people-things, and things-things1.
You’re probably asking “This is all well and good but how does this affect me?”
This is best answered through an example. Picture yourself asleep in bed and your alarm which is linked to your calendar knows what time you need to be awake and wakes you up accordingly, you switch it off and this sends a signal to your coffee machine to begin to brew your morning coffee. You get into your car where it has already planned the quickest and most efficient routes to your destinations. But wait, you forgot to lock the door and switch the heating off! No problem, simply pull out your Smartphone which is connected to your “smart home” only to notice that it sensed that you left and locked the door for you leaving you to simply switch off your heating with a couple of clicks. This may seem like a gimmicky example but the scope of potential for the IoT .
Moving to a larger scale, ‘smart cities’ and ‘smart factories’ can also be built which can help us reduce waste and improve efficiency for Things such as energy use; this helping us understand and improve how we work and live.
Now you’re probably thinking “this sounds too good to be true?”
There are certainly some big issues which surround the IoT and IoE, two of the biggest being security and privacy. What if someone has your phone and unlocks your home? Or takes control of an entire smart city? These are some of the biggest challenge for companies as well as finding a way to store, track, analyse, and make sense of the vast amounts of data that will be generated (it’s a good thing Capgemini offers big data solutions).
To conclude, the IoE is the concept of having all our electrical devices connected online, it’s estimated to generate businesses a lot of money (hence why it’s so talked about) and it’s coming soon. See you on the other side (sent wirelessly from my brain chip).
By Mo Beldo, Procurement Graduate
Mohamed joined Capgemini into the technology graduate scheme in September 2014, after graduating from Reading University with a Masters of Engineering in Artificial Intelligence. Mohamed is part of the Infrastructure services graduate scheme within Capgemini, working in the procurement team.
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