The Internet Of Everything From The Ground Up

The Internet Of Everything From The Ground Up

The Internet of Everything from the Ground Up

The Internet of Everything is changing life. It is changing life for individuals – employees and customers – and in so doing, it changes everything about the future of IT and the future of companies. Let’s have a look at how ground-level implementation of IoE on the city landscape, for example, ripples upwards towards the corner offices of the businesses that drive our economy:

Large cities around the world battle with gridlock. On the roads, and under the roads, commuters struggle with an infrastructure that was built decades ago to manage the car-traffic of the time, and which is now failing miserably. More and more people compete for access to crowded streets and transitways. Politicians, always wary of costs, tend to look to old-school solutions first: adding more buses for example, which is akin to whipping a tired horse in the hopes it will go faster.

internetofeverything-1

Traffic chaos in crowded city streets is largely the result of several thousand independent beings (i.e. vehicles and their drivers) all seeking a direct route to their own particular destinations in competition with each other. Every time they stop at a traffic light, to pay at a parking lot, to find a space or to merge into already congested traffic, the ripple effect travels backwards, holding up hundreds more. There is a direct similarity here to the time and productivity gridlock that occurred in business in the pre-IoE era: employees working in silos, on workstations with seat-license software, connected only by the still woefully inadequate and obstructionist technology called email, and meeting occasionally in boardrooms.

The magic of IoE for smart cities is the development of a larger-scale city-wide awareness in which IoE technologies transform the commuting individual into a component of a larger entity – one in which a car and a phone merge into an intelligent life-device and the city itself functions more as an organic being. Small cities such as San Carlos, California, and larger cities such as Barcelona and Amsterdam have started to roll out integrated traffic management systems as part of a city-wide embrace of IoE as an economic solution to high-density life. This ushers in a proactive solution to transit woes: an inoculation against the problem, rather than a Band-Aid upon it.

Elsewhere in the city, RFID tags on garbage bins allow waste collectors to alter their routes according to demand, reducing operating costs as well as the number of routes and trucks required. City-wide free wifi, as Barcelona has demonstrated, encourages more people to use public transit, while allowing them to manage their time and tasks better, and transit apps such as NextBus lets commuters spend less time waiting at the stop. Smart roads are reporting road damage, weather conditions and traffic patterns, and these are being complemented by smart pipes in water and plumbing systems that alert teams to the location and severity of leaks.

For the individual commuter, the Internet of Everything allows a person’s car, briefcase or phone to alert the house a few minutes prior to arrival, to turn up the heat or the AC just in time. The recent acquisition of Nest, maker of intelligent and blissfully civilized smoke detectors (no more waving of dish-towels or whacking it with a broom –no more 2:30 a.m. low-battery chirps) by Google, demonstrates that bit by bit, peoples’ homes, cars and lives are becoming collectively more intelligent and capable of better serving our personal needs in real time and across many platforms through wider access to information and communication.

Naturally these developments have started to permeate the B2B and B2C worlds. They have to. The old sales adage that every customer should be treated as “the” customer is now becoming truer than ever. Gamification allows for the personalization of customer experience on a retail level. Close attention to social media allows for direct and targeted conversation with customers in real time, and BYOD means that a workforce is now judged more on its ability to work, rather than the location of the work.

Free. Customers expect free. Or at least freemium. Software as a service (SaaS) must prove its worth instantly if it is to attract subscribers. Corporate customers are free to choose, thus software must be free to try. Further, employees expect freedom of movement, using their own devices to access company data stored in the cloud, and expect collaboration in virtualized workspaces to replace cc’d emails and hard-to-schedule meetings. They are expecting to be free to use their BYOD devices during meetings, taking notes, putting out fires, and handling their day while simultaneously engaging in the boardroom conversation.

Some people find these developments rude, intrusive or impersonal. But similar reactions have happened all through history, as new technologies move in to replace old-school thinking.

The Internet of Everything touches the four pillars: people, process, data, and things, and Moore’s law prevails: life becomes significantly easier, more productive and more exciting with every new connection. What do you think? Have you seen examples of how IoE is changing business? Tell us at: http://innovatethink.com.

This is a sponsored post by InnovateThink and Cisco

logo-innovate-think

By Steve Prentice

Steve Prentice
Follow us

Steve Prentice

Steve Prentice is a project manager, writer, speaker and expert on productivity in the workplace, specifically the juncture where people and technology intersect. He is a senior writer for CloudTweaks.
Steve Prentice
Follow us

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Popular Archives

4 Different Types of Attacks – Understanding the “Insider Threat”

4 Different Types of Attacks – Understanding the “Insider Threat”

Understanding the “Insider Threat”  The revelations that last month’s Sony hack was likely caused by a disgruntled former employee have put a renewed spotlight on the insider threat. The insider threat first received attention after Edward Snowden began to release all sorts of confidential information regarding national security. While many called him a hero, what…

The Global Rise of Cloud Computing

The Global Rise of Cloud Computing

The Global Rise of Cloud Computing Despite the rapid growth of cloud computing, the cloud still commands a small portion of overall enterprise IT spending. Estimates I’ve seen put the percentage between 5% and 10% of the slightly more than $2 trillion (not including telco) spent worldwide in 2014 on enterprise IT. Yet growth projections…

Recent

Cloud Infographic – Top Vulnerable Applications

Cloud Infographic – Top Vulnerable Applications

Top Vulnerable Applications  As you use the Internet on a daily basis, you probably come across cyber security topics, but rarely glance at them twice. After all, cyber security threats don’t concern you, right? Well, that’s not exactly true. Cyber attacks are more widespread than you can imagine and they may be targeting your devices as…

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Whatever Happened To Alone Time?

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Whatever Happened To Alone Time?

By David Fletcher Are you looking to supercharge your Newsletter, Powerpoint presentation, Social media campaign or Website? Our universally recognized tech related comics can help you. Contact us for information on our commercial licensing rates.  About Latest Posts Follow usSteve PrenticeSteve Prentice is a project manager, writer, speaker and expert on productivity in the workplace,…

MOST RECENT - Posted by
New Trends In Cloud Based Education

New Trends In Cloud Based Education

Cloud Based Education With technological progress accelerating and users’ computer experience becoming richer and increasingly complex, the future developments in education technology is very exciting. Students are now able to attend demonstration sessions on how to handle technology through remote laboratories using advanced applications in a truly interactive environment. One of these exciting areas is in telemedicine.…

The Many Hats Of Today’s IT Managers

The Many Hats Of Today’s IT Managers

The Many Hats of IT Managers In years past, the IT department of most large organizations was much like a version of Middle Earth: a mysterious nether world where people who seemed infinitely smarter than the rest of us bustled around, speaking and typing languages that appeared indecipherable, yet, which made our world work. They…

Selling Your Business To Your Employees

Selling Your Business To Your Employees

Mobility For Your Employees It may seem a radical notion, the idea of selling your business to the people who work for you, but this is the era in which we now work. Employees of all levels are all incredibly aware of their options when it comes to mobility and employability. This doesn’t mean that…

Technology Sponsors

hp Logo CityCloud-PoweredByOpenstack-Bluesquare_logo_100x100-01
cisco_logo_100x100 vmware citrix100
Site 24x7 200px-KPMG
Advertising ROI Plans

Established in 2009

CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

CloudTweaks Comic Library

Advertising