What is the Internet of Things?

12 Jan

What is the Internet of Things?

If you follow the technology news of late, you’ll see that a number of companies are investing considerable effort, time and money into the “Internet of Things”.

So, what is it?

Oversimplified, the “Internet of Things” is a term that refers to the ever increasing number of products such as; automobiles, appliances, entertainment devices and more that until not too long ago, where standalone devices that didn’t communicate with the outside world, but now able to connect with the internet and each other to create and share data.

Some of the biggest opportunities for the “Internet of Things” are:

Environmental Monitoring: Applications could include sensors that can assist in environmental protection efforts by monitoring air or water quality, atmospheric or soil conditions

Industrial Applications: Applications could include: manufacturing process automation/optimization, supply chain networks, energy consumption optimization and plant safety and security.

Energy Management: The biggest opportunities in this sector involve matching energy product to consumption. The idea of a “Smart Grid” would provide systems that would analyze energy and power-related information in an automated fashion to improve the efficiency, reliability, economics, and sustainability of the production and distribution of electricity.

Medical and Healthcare Systems: Applications could include: blood pressure and heart rate monitors to advanced devices capable of monitoring specialized implants, such as pacemakers or advanced hearing aids.

Building and Home Automation: For both commercial and residential applications, the opportunities could include: heating and cooling, security, entertainment, appliances and communication systems.

Transport Systems: Applications could include: fleet management, traffic control, smart parking, toll collection, and car automation.

Here at SageTea Software, we’ve created “smart parts” for our Text to Software tool that allow our users connect to Blackberry’s Open Data Space. We started with Blackberry because their infrastructure is known for its security and reliability. Given the sheer amount and potential privacy concerns of the data collected; we felt that Blackberry’s Open Data Space offering will be one of the first options that major companies will look at using as they develop products that will tie into the “Internet of Things”.

If you’d like more information on how SageTea Software’s Text to Software tool can help create interconnected applications and products, please contact us.