Connecting The Internet of Things To The Marketplace

Researchers with the BUTLER project have built a platform to encourage expert cooperation and make the Internet of Things an everyday reality. The achievements of a landmark EU-funded initiative designed to expand the Internet of Things (IoT) in a cooperative and seamless manner have been published.

The three-year BUTLER project, officially completed in October 2014, launched a portal to bring together new technologies and devices in order to fully exploit the potential of IoT. As a result, new connected solutions can now be developed that have the potential to reach market in a remarkably short space of time.

The IoT is the common term used to describe the network of physical objects (or ‘things’) that have been embedded with electronics, software and sensors, and which can connect with other devices through the internet. These devices collect useful data, which then autonomously flows between other devices.

Current examples already on the market include smart thermostat systems and washer/dryers that utilise wi-fi for remote monitoring. Future applications include heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals and cars with built-in sensors. The interconnection of such embedded devices is expected to usher in an era of automation across numerous fields, improving our quality of life. … (read more)