January 04, 2015
The Next Big “Thing”
Which of the following does the acronym “IoT” stand for?
A) Inter Office Telecomm
B) Interagency Open Technology
C) InfoShare™ Optimized Transport
D) Something Else
Now don’t cheat; no Googling or asking Siri just yet… …….. Give Up????? Well, if you chose “D – something else,” you would be correct! This term, that has more recently grown (exploded?) in its use and relevance, is the “Internet of Things,” or IoT. OK, now you are free to Google it, or ask that nice lady on your iPhone who is always at your beck and call. You’ll see hundreds or thousands of hits for the term IoT, and we wanted to offer you some information about InfoShare, the IOT, and what the connection is.
A basic explanation, gleaned from Wikipedi, tells us: The Internet of Things (IoT) is the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices within the existing Internet infrastructure. Typically, IoT is expected to offer advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services that goes beyond machine-to-machine communications and covers a variety of protocols, domains, and applications. The interconnection of these embedded devices (including smart objects), is expected to usher in automation in nearly all fields, while also enabling advanced applications… “Things”, in the IoT, can refer to a wide variety of devices such as heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals, automobiles with builtin sensors, or field operation devices that assist firefighters in search and rescue. Current market examples include smart thermostat systems and washer/dryers that utilize WIFI for remote monitoring. According to Gartner, Inc. (a technology research and advisory corporation), there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020.
At CSI, we are continually researching, sampling, experimenting, and product planning so that as you evolve, as your needs evolve, so do we. We have put Sensor Technology as one of our R&D priorities for 2015 and 2016, as we look ahead. Sensor technology is a big part of the IoT, as is understanding how sensor technology will likely be used, deployed, and accepted. At CSI, we are excited in our journey towards the “next big thing”, and we hope you move to that future with us!