I just recently got married, so pardon me for the analogy, but I have had wedding on the brain for months now. But it got me thinking…the marriage of the Internet with machine-to-machine connected devices brings this concept into a brand new light. Something old – the Internet. Something new – the Internet of Things. “What do you mean by the ‘Internet of Things’?” you ask.
Well, according to Wikipedia, the Internet of Things is commonly defined as:
“Uniquely identifiable objects (things) and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure…Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is often seen as a prerequisite for the Internet of Things. If all objects of daily life were equipped with radio tags, [so] they could be identified and inventoried by computers...”
McKinsey & Company takes the concept even further in the following:
“In what’s called the Internet of Things, sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects—from roadways to pacemakers—are linked through wired and wireless networks, often using the same Internet Protocol (IP) that connects the Internet. These networks churn out huge volumes of data that flow to computers for analysis. When objects can both sense the environment and communicate, they become tools for understanding complexity and responding to it swiftly.”
There’s even a new comic book dedicated to explaining the Internet of Things.
Translation: Every person, car, appliance – thing– will be married to an IP-address and connected through the Internet to transmit data back and forth, just like computers “talk” to one another today.
For example, the day will likely come when you run out of milk and the refrigerator transmits a wireless signal to your smartphone, so the next time you stop at the grocery store, you pick up a half gallon. Or your car will tell, and schedule an appointment with, your mechanic directly when it needs a replacement part. IBM released this thought provoking video about the Internet of Things.
Our lives are becoming more intertwined with the Internet and machine-to-machine applications (i.e. the Internet of Things) are becoming more evident by the day. Many have never considered the fact that technology now truly has this capability. However, we at KORE, have long since recognized this benefit of machine-to-machine (M2M) connected devices. Rather than proclaiming the future possibilities of these connections, we strive every day to create value within businesses; whether it is providing the wireless connection for remote healthcare monitoring systems, so the patient never has to leave the comforts of their own home. Or helping fleets determine the exact locations of their shipments, the speed of the trucks and the specific temperature of the cargo hold. Regardless of the application, KORE aims to provide cost effective wireless connection to keep all your devices communicating.
So the next time you read about the trendy name, Internet of Things, just imagine that bride in white and think to yourself, a good marriage is a great thing and while you’re at it - wish me luck in this new adventure too.
By Felix Chuang, Senior Product Manager
Felix Chuang is Senior Product Manager at KORE Telematics, an industry leader in the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) wireless market. He has more than fifteen years of experience in the Internet and wireless industries in a broad range of roles such as product management, business development, and operations. He is currently focused on the KORE Global Connect product line, which provides a single SIM for M2M network service in 180+ countries and 230+ carriers.
He can be found on twitter at: @felixc and KORE Telematics can be found at: @koretelematics