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Monday, 16 May 2011

The Internet Of Things

The emergence of a global data field and machines talking to machines without human intervention creates both challenges and opportunities.

There already more things on the internet than people. In 2011 there will be more than 5 billion devices connected to the internet and by 2020 the estimate is something like 22 billion but what does this trend mean?

These two 2010 videos from IBM demonstrate how our world has become one Global Common thanks to the Internet.

The world has always been a system of systems but now we can see actually it and, as our society is now more connected than in the past, and we can easily follow the implications of our actions and interactions, in real-time.

To be of practical use The Internet of Things needs to have both a critical mass of devices and a cloud infrastructure; we now have both of these.

Part One

Part Two

For those interested April 9 has been deemed "Global Internet of Things Day" by the EU-based Internet of Things Council.

Pachube is a data brokerage platform for the internet of things, managing millions of datapoints per day from thousands of individuals, organisations & companies around the world.

The platform is designed to allow things to "plug-in" to other things in real time so that, for example, buildings, weather stations, interactive environments, air quality monitors, networked energy monitors, virtual worlds and mobile sensor devices can all "talk" and "respond" to each other in real-time.

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