The Internet of Things: Has Technology Finally Caught Up to Our Imaginations?

June 28, 2013
Internet of Things

A refrigerator that tells you when you’re out of milk.

Plants that can “ask” for water when they need it.

Glucose meters that can send information to your doctor.

Equipment that will notify operators proactively about maintenance needs.

Activity tracking wristbands that continuously collect data to create the “quantified self”

Airplanes that generate a half a terabyte of data per flight and tell mechanics in the destination city of problems or parts needed while still in the air

Sounds pretty cool, right? Some would say crazy, or maybe even creepy. But no matter where your opinion lies, the objects that make up our daily lives are increasingly speaking to each other in a world many call, the “Internet of Things.”

Every year, Internet access via broadband becomes available to millions more Americans, up from 92 percent in 2011 to 94 percent in 2012. We are now more connected to each other than ever – and the desire to make things we own work faster and more efficiently has never been stronger.

This revolution is now extending to “things” as well as people. Cisco predicts that 50 billion objects will be connected by 2020. How do all these machines, devices, sensors, objects and robots store the data they generate? How will they access the data they need in real-time?

We see the Internet of Things as a driver of demand for Big Data solutions like Splice Machine – and we see the unlimited possibilities for apps built on it to tap into this explosion of machine-generated data.

How does the “Internet of Things” apply to you? How do you see the harnessing of this data helping to advance business and even more importantly, society?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.