By 2020, approximately 26 billion objects will be linked together in the Internet. The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly changing the way we live and communicate. A “thing” in the world of IOT can be anything from a pacemaker, a cow with a biochip transponder, an automobile that has built-in sensors to alert the driver when tire pressure is low, to any other natural or man-made object that can be assigned an IP address. If you think IOT only applies to the consumer market, you may be surprised to learn that IOT is gaining traction in enterprise applications, particularly with business apps and is expected to surge.
So far, IoT has been most closely associated with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication in manufacturing and power industries, as well as oil and gas utilities. Products built with M2M communication capabilities are often referred to as being smart. However, the ebbits (Business-Based Internet of Things and Services) project just wrapped up five years of research focused on “technologies and processes, which allow businesses to semantically integrate the Internet of Things into mainstream enterprise systems and support interoperable end-to-end business applications.”
Other studies, like the one highlighted in a recent article from VentureBeat points out that software developers think “…2015 is the year IoT will have a material impact on business applications.” As the article’s author summarizes, “Building ‘connected apps’ is how software developers will bring IoT solutions to reality for business and industry and impact the way everyone experiences applications going forward.” This could certainly influence how businesses communicate; and we could even see IOT impacting Unified Communications.
Want to know more? This week’s episode of UC Tech Chat looks at IOT’s role in various industries, including:
- Environmental Monitoring
- Infrastructure Management
- Utility Companies
- Medical and Healthcare Systems
- Home Automation
- Transportation Industry
Watch this week’s full episode of UC Tech Chat, now. If you have questions, or want to join in on the conversation, use the hashtag #UCTechChat on Twitter to discuss each episode.
Check out this Internet of Things infographic from Harbor Research