The Internet of Things is hot right now. In my mind perhaps a bit too hot or overhyped even, but it’s not a hype that will go away, to the contrary.
What we’re seeing now is the early start: the Internet of Things (IoT) has only just outgrown the phase of being a toy.
The fact that I can control my heating remotely is fun and handy. The fact that I can make my lights change color to the beat of the music I’m wirelessly streaming to my speakers via Spotify is cool. The fact that I can put my weight curve in a graph makes me happy, because at least then I can see nice figure. I like playing with those kinds of things. Who doesn’t?
Right now the IoT is about machines that are operated by a human through the internet. The real breakthrough will come when machines start communicating amongst themselves and make decisions, hopefully based on choices we’ve already made for them.
An example from reality: if my smoke detector notices there’s too much CO in the air, it’ll tell the thermostat to shut down the heater. After all the chance is quite big that CO in my house comes from that heater. That’s a decision I’ve made in advance, but at the time is executed by the devices in question.
Big Data: both input and output for IOT
The next step is devices communicating more and more amongst themselves. That flow of communication is causing that other hype: big data. All that data is (potentially) usable to control other processes.
Imagine that my solar panels tell a central system what they’re producing, then – based on data from all solar panels in this country – the power generation in power plants could be adjusted automatically. That same information could indicate to my washer and dryer that they’d best start running now, because there’s an abundance of electricity. This type of ‘smart grid’ has been posing a challenge for power specialists and researchers for years, but is getting within reach. After all, IoT will spew out enormous quantities of data, but it will consume much of it as well.
The cloud will because the space where IoT will live, as a shadow world of the real world. The Meta data of our real world is baked into the virtual reality. If this virtual world stops, then the real world will be brought to a halt as well. “Downtime costs money” will become more important exponentially. And that’s where we peek around the corner.
Nucleus: our name gets its true meaning
Nucleus is Latin for the core. 15 years ago we picked this name because we already believed back then that the internet and the cloud would become the core of this virtual reality.
These two cases show that the Internet of Things is still taking its first steps. The market keeps evolving. Our country has a lot of potential in that regard: we have good infrastructure, bright developers and creative people and a minister who wants to support all this with his Digital Agenda.
In any case we are ready to back these projects and to host them and our experts are ready to give advice and spring into action where needed. Feel free to contact us for more information.