30 billion IoT devices by 2020.
That’s where most projections for connected devices shake out: we’ll be connected to, and through, around 4.25 IoT “things” per person on the planet in five year’s time.
Those “things” will all busy themselves with a whole lot of tasks. Some will monitor our health or activity, revealing insights our well being. Some will keep tabs on the way we use energy, making us smarter and more fuel efficient. Others will help us get from here to wherever we’re going faster and more safely. Still others will orchestrate urban traffic patterns, detect potential threats or risks, and guide all kinds of things we haven’t even thought of yet.
When we look at this world – and how fast it’s approaching – we see an expanding universe moving at a mind-bending pace. IoT redefines the way we think about more than man-machine interaction, data, and the automation of work. It challenges what we even see as possible: how we interact with larger systems around us, not to mention the everyday things we do in our lives.
Yet all of the pieces in that “expanding universe” currently feel disconnected from each other, like stars scattered across an open sky. What interests us is seeing the constellations in that sky: bringing data from a range of unrelated sources into one place so we can build business value (and all-new experiences) on top of it.
At the foundation of everything IoT will enable, leading business operations, communication, and intelligence enterprises (Oracle, SAP, Ericsson, to name a few) will form the “universe” that all of this data will inhabit. Today’s DELL/EMC merger hints at the heft and value these super-players will possess as a high-growth market continues to evolve.
This universe will be populated with a range of “planets,” so to speak, of varying sizes and gravity. These will be the systems and structures that various IoT devices organize around, being pulled (again, metaphorically) into various orbits.
As in our actual solar system, these planets will interact and be affected by one another: technology is dynamic and always in motion. Those who draw other participants in with real value – such as the ability to centralize and make sense of user data, to integrate and analyze data from multiple sources, and to easily deliver winning user experiences – will form early and lasting leadership that enables, and also helps shape, the future of IoT growth.
At AerNow, we’re building for that future and the value it will create. Looking to that edge of innovation – the places where new forms of content will be drawn to an increasingly-powerful core – we’re creating a platform where IoT devices and data sources can come together and make sense. With partnerships with data and business intelligence systems at our foundation, we’re building a way to organize, help unify, and create business uses for all that IoT promises. We’re proving this already with our glass-to-glass ecosystem targeted at live events.
As the “big bang” of IoT continues to expand both data and the possibilities it enables, we’ll continue to bring the scattered pieces together to create a useful, organized home planet for ongoing business innovation.
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