The Internet of Things could be the next wave of truly disruptive technology.
Although the term Internet of Things is over a decade old, advances in technology, proliferation of connectible devices and supporting ecosystem of clouds and connectivity have accelerated the market significantly. Gartner defines the Internet of Things (IoT) as the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate, sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment.
The burgeoning markets of energy management, smart grids, sensor networks and other intelligent systems, coupled with advances in IoT platforms and big data, have given birth to many innovations, start-up companies and big company acquisitions. The Google Trends chart below shows how fast the term “Internet of Things” has grown in interest over the past several years and that it is currently peaking.
Google recently teamed up with O’Reilly’s Data Sensing Lab and deployed hundreds of Arduino-based environmental sensors at Google I/O 2013 in order to collect and visualize ambient data about the conference. The Google Cloud Platform provided the software backend for the project, while the sensors network provided over 4,000 continuous data streams over a ZigBee mesh network managed by Device Cloud by Etherios. (In case you are not familiar, Etherios Device Cloud is a public cloud platform for device network management – providing secure application messaging, data storage and device management for networks comprised of wired, cellular and satellite-connected devices.)
Source: Data Center Knowledge