What is The Internet of Things?

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By 2020, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet. Jonathan Strickland takes us on a tour through a living room of the future to see how this “Internet of Things” (IOT) will impact our daily lives.

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Your next refrigerator may know more about diet than your doctor.

How many objects do you have that are connected to the Internet? About a decade ago you probably would have said one or maybe two if you were an early adopter of smartphone technology. But today, oh, well I’ve got a work computer, I’ve got a personal computer, I’ve got a tablet, I’ve got a smartphone, I’ve got a video game console, I’ve got a media player, I’ve got a smart TV, I even have a smart refrigerator. Now extend this trend outward and what do we get? Well it’s estimated by 2020 there will be 50 billion objects connected to the Internet.

Now that’s billion with a “B.” It’s also estimated by the US Census Bureau that there will be 7.6 billion people alive at that time. So that means that for every person there will be 6.6 objects connected to the Internet. We’re talking about a world blanketed with billions of censors. These censors are taking information from real physical objects that are in the world, and uploading it to the Internet. It’s a world where your environment transforms as you walk through it, because technology that you may not even be aware of is monitoring your every move. It’s a world that’s constantly changing all around us due to these sensors and the Internet and we call it the Internet of Things.

Lets stroll into the living room of the future. Now immediately this room identifies you and taps into a cloud based profile of preferences like climate control, music, lighting and decor. Had a long day at work? The room knows based on the calendar app on your phone and biosensors that detect the stress via blood pressure and heart rate. So it turns off the rockabilly surf guitar you usually listen to, and switches to a more soothing classical music.

From environmental sensors outside and maybe even worn within your clothing itself, it knows it was snowing earlier, so the climate control begins to crank up the heat in anticipation as your walk through the door.

Now on the software side we’re talking about algorithms that are so sophisticated, they may be able to predict what you want before you know you even wanted it. So when you walk to the refrigerator, it tells you not only what’s in there, it tells you what you can make with the stuff you already have. And it’s already telling you what’s inside and what’s the perfect meal based upon your mood, your activity level, and maybe even, well, your weight loss plan for some of us.

As for how many objects could be connected to the Internet? Well, consider this. The latest version of Internet protocol, IPV6, creates more potential address than there are atoms on the surface of the Earth. So we’re going to live in a world completely filled with sensors with data reacting to us, changing every moment depended on our needs. I’m no longer going to be asking you “Hey, what’s your favorite color? What’s your favorite music?” I’m going to ask you, “What’s your reality like?” I know what mine is when I walk into my house, how the world reacts to me. But how does it react to you?

This is more than philosophy. It’s more than technology. It’s altering reality as we know it. And it’s all regulated by the Internet of Things.
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Here’s Your Quick Guide to All Things IoT at Mobile World Congress

It’s time for this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 27 to March 2, and I’m excited to share what we have in store for the Internet of Things (IoT). At MWC 2017, Intel will show how 5G will transform and improve all aspects of our daily lives such as in smart cities, connected homes, virtual reality and autonomous driving. We are delivering new technologies, and working with leaders in the industry on platforms, to realize the full promise of 5G. (More in Aicha’s post here). Just yesterday, we also announced a new category of ready-to-deploy commercial LTE-based devices via the Intel LTE IOT Quick Deployment (Intel LIQD) Program.  AT&T will be the first major carrier to work with Intel (more in Dipti’s post here).

One thing is clear: 5G is happening now and will mark an inflection point in our industry. It will connect billions of “things” that haven’t been connected before, bringing intelligence and data to cars, homes, buildings, factories, cities, infrastructure and more to transform the way we live.

From the road to 5G and automated driving to smart cities and connected homes, MWC 2017 will be chock-full of transformational technology. Read on for a sneak peek at some of the most innovative platforms our team has lined up for you to experience. We look forward to seeing you at the show!


Automated Driving

An automated BMW dashboard with hands-off steering.

Visit our autonomous driving demo to explore how the Intel 5G automotive platform and Intel Go automotive solutions enable an automated vehicle, in this case a BMW 740i, to sense the world around it. As the car moves to the center of the smart, connected and autonomous world, vehicles are increasingly learning to sense, reason and act to adapt to the real world. This experience will show how autonomous cars can learn from data (vehicle to network communication) and the experience of millions of cars (vehicle to vehicle communication), ultimately resulting in zero accidents and safer roads, more enjoyable commutes and reduced congestion in the world’s most polluted cities.

From a data stream emitting from a shark fin antenna and a holographic car outline to object detection and a smart traffic light, this experience offers a glimpse at how automated vehicles are driving us toward the smart cities of the future. Swing by to experience the road ahead.


Smart City

Two people stroll along a city sidewalk.

IoT represents a tremendous opportunity to shape the future and improve every life on this planet, with technologies from 5G emerging networks to cloud computing enabling smart cities to flourish. We will showcase Intel IoT ecosystem solutions, including:

  • Bosch air quality monitoring, a mobile edge computing solution that will allow faster analytics at the edge allowing officials interpret changes in air quality and make immediate decisions.
  • GE Light Pole, a platform for network densification in the emerging 5G world
  • City Beacon, a platform for network densification, client connectivity, network backhaul, situational awareness with security cameras and air quality sensors
  • First responder assistance using drones and more.

Come by to see how city neighborhood can be equipped with a number of connected 5G IoT networks, devices sensors and smart devices interacting with each other and reacting to environmental changes through edge and cloud analytics.


Smart & Connected Home

A woman and a boy look at a laptop.

The 5G transformation ahead is leading to a fundamental re-architecting of the home network, bringing valuable innovation to users to eliminate the burdens many people experience with implementing smart homes today. Smart homes go beyond home automation or connecting devices to the cloud. The value of the smart home comes from addressing real human needs by easing the tasks of running a home, offering experiences that enrich daily life, and providing assurance that creates peace of mind. To be truly smart, a home must seamlessly interconnect diverse devices, services, and things throughout the home to become more.

At MWC 2017, we’re demonstrating a wide array of capabilities that include wireless broadband to the home, greater in-home Wi-Fi coverage, increased security and easy home automation. Join us to learn more about how IoT is scaling to accommodate a growing number of connected devices, enabling amazing experiences in our homes, our communities, and beyond.

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The Internet of Things: Dr. John Barrett at TEDxCIT

Dr. John Barrett is Head of Academic Studies at the Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Group Director of the Centre’s Smart Systems Integration Research Group. His research is focused on packaging, miniaturisation and embedding of smart systems in materials, objects and structures. He has been active in Irish and European R&D projects in the areas of packaging and systems integration for almost 30 years and has over 100 publications in topics related to his field.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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What is the Internet of Things? And why should you care? | Benson Hougland | TEDxTemecula

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. There’s a new buzz phrase in tech circles these days: The Internet of Things. And it’s promising to be bigger than the Internet and the World Wide Web ever was. But what is it? And how will it impact our everyday lives? Will it help me? Should I be worried?

Benson Hougland has a passion for technology of all kinds that drives a deep desire to make his work and the world around him better. His interests include making wine, making music, and making memories with family and friends in activities like boating, camping, and traveling.

Benson is a 17-year Temecula resident, husband, and father of two elementary school boys and an adult daughter. As vice president at Opto 22, a local software developer and hardware manufacturer of products used in the industrial automation and information technology markets, he’s responsible for product evolution, marketing, training, and communications.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

How It Works: Internet of Things

The Internet of Things gives us access to the data from millions of devices. But how does it work, and what can we do with all that data? Find out in this animated tutorial from IBM’s Think Academy. For more information on IBM and the Internet of Things, please visit: http://www.ibm.com/IoT

IBMers — learn more about the Internet of Things on Think Academy (internal site): https://ibm.biz/IBMThinkAcademy