Is it not a fascinating concept to develop a sustained communication infrastructure for connected objects?
The ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction ?
Also known as the internet of things (IoT).
I believe so!
IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the Internet. However, interestingly, IoT is not such a new term, it has been around since 1980s. Equipping objects with communication infrastructure that allows them to connect with the internet, the idea behind smart home devices, is nothing new. But what was once seen as the futuristic television shows, today is becoming a real life. The connectivity of all these devices creates new possibilities potentially huge market.
Accordingly to Whatis.techtarget portal:
A thing, in the Internet of Things, can be a person with a heart monitor implant, a farm animal with a biochip transponder, an automobile that has built-in sensors to alert the driver when tire pressure is low — or any other natural or man-made object that can be assigned an IP address and provided with the ability to transfer data over a network.
Dr. John Barrett explains the Internet of Things in his TED talk:
What is more, I have read an interesting article about very British IoT.
Milton Keynes Council has launched MK:Smart programme, which is trialing new kinds of sensor systems at a city scale.
Milton Keynes is one of two cities currently working at the forefront of this initiative with a consortium that includes other MK:Smart partners The Open University and BT, as well as a range of SMEs and large commercial organisations.
The prospect of this technology is very exciting, and opens up many possibilities.
2015 will be a vital year for the UK Government, whom would like to position itself as a global leader in the Internet of Things with low-powered wide-area networks.
Find out more about this initiative here.