The future is about to change, fast. The current ‘Information Age’ is going to turn into the ‘Smart Integration Age’. IoT – the Internet of Things, is going to be the next information evolution. In fact, it’s going to be a revolution. At present, people have an average of 1.5 smart devices. Soon this will be 20 per person. Smart phones, smart watches, glasses with built in tech, medical wrist bands, clothes with storage built-in (perhaps music stored in your jacket hood), cars connecting to home networks to download the latest map data and traffic patterns, are all on the very near horizon.
Smart Cities and Smart Buildings are specialisations that are also emerging fast. Signing into a building on a piece of paper using a biro will soon be a thing of the past. For security reasons, you will be fully in control of what other people can see from your ‘personal mesh’ – your personal network. You might be continually broadcasting limited personal data, like your name and surname only. As you walk into a building, the Building Management System will sign you in. It will know who’s in the building, and who especially visitors are. In an emergency, as people exit the building – the emergency services will know who’s in the building, and if they’re stuck or lost in the building will be able to find them by tracking their IoT devices, perhaps in an ‘emergency mode’.
Security and privacy are going to be of massive importance. These are going to have to be ‘designed in’ to all solutions. When purchasing and configuring devices, it’s going to be essential that a new device doesn’t introduce a vulnerability or entry point for a hacker to disrupt services or steal data.
Integration is the key enabler. Many tech businesses across Europe are already working on smart specialisations including IoT. My business team are currently reading into this area, and looking at opportunities in this emerging area.
Welcome to the Integration Age.