SWoT Part 1 - IoT!? What is dis?

What on Earth are all these new things!

If accepted predictions are correct, 2016 is ear-marked to herald a new eara in computing which some predict will hark humanity’s entrance into the 4th stage of Industrial Revolution. However for some, the question still remains as to what the rather fuzzy term “Internet of Things” truely means.

Wikipedia perhaps most correctly describes the IoT in the following way:

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data. The Internet of Things allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure,creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit; when IoT is augmented with sensors and actuators, the technology becomes an instance of the more general class of cyber-physical systems, which also encompasses technologies such as smart grids, smart homes, intelligent transportation and smart cities. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure.

Oh! I see; It is an Internet … Of Things!

“Things,” in the IoT sense, can refer to a wide variety of devices such as heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals, electric clams in coastal waters, automobiles with built-in sensors, DNA analysis devices for environmental/food/pathogen monitoring or field operation devices that assist firefighters in search and rescue operations. These devices collect useful data with the help of various existing technologies and then autonomously flow the data between other devices. Current market examples include smart thermostat systems and washer/dryers that use Wi-Fi for remote monitoring.
Besides the plethora of new application areas for Internet connected automation to expand into, IoT is also expected to generate large amounts of data from diverse locations that is aggregated very quickly, thereby increasing the need to better index, store and process such data. IoT is one of the platforms of today’s Smart City and Smart Energy Management Systems.

At its’ core, the IoT is a general description of the vastly connected array of devices which litter our modern life. From SmartPhones to home automation devices, “InternetFridges”, Driverless vehicles, Pacemakers, FitBit’s and tinkerings with Raspberry Pi, the Internet Of Things describes the network of such devices talking to each other and traditional servers whilst diligently serving their masters as they are consumed by “MeatBags” using the common Internet.

And, by all accounts, there will be a Lot of these things (20-50 Billion by 2020!!) and they will be Everywhere:


DISCLAIMER I am currently employed as a Senior Professional Services Consultant at Esri Australia Pty. Ltd. The views expressed in this article are purely my own and do not represent the views of my employer. The recommendations and outcomes of this treatise are in no way affiliated nor endorsed by Esri Australia

Towards a Spatial Web of Things (SWoT)

Standing at the edge looking down.

Entering a new year always calls for a liberal dosage of reflection and prediction as we struggle to embrace the changes of the diverse technological world we live in. As a Technologist and Technology pundit i try to embrace the changes around me and seek to divine the directions such changes may take us as a technologically advanced society.

This year I find myself looking into the Abyss of Technological Progress with a feeling that meaningful change is afoot; that we are rapidly approaching a precipice over which we will either plunge to our doom or soar to new heights. I Choose to Soar

This change comes in the form of about 21 billion or so itty-bitty-devices reporting, sensing, actuating and communicating our every move and every memorable moment of time passing on this wonderful blue marble. This change is, of course the emergence of the Internet of Things - the IoT!

Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. In 2016, 5.5 million new things will get connected every day.

Gartner estimates that the Internet of Things (IoT) will support total services spending of $235 billion in 2016, up 22 percent from 2015. Services are dominated by the professional category (in which businesses contract with external providers in order to design, install and operate IoT systems), however connectivity services (through communications service providers) and consumer services will grow at a faster pace. “IoT services are the real driver of value in IoT, and increasing attention is being focused on new services by end-user organisations and vendors,” said Jim Tully, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

In this series of articles, I will investigate the depth and importance of the changes which the IoT represents, the impact that such radical change can bring to the Spatial/GIS industry, the resilience we need to develop in order to weather the storms of change in the new era of connected devices and how we can emerge triumphant leaders in a brave new world.

To allow focus on the various facets of this discussion, i have chosen to write this treatise in several parts:

  • Part I : IoT - What is dis!?
  • Part II : Industrial Revolution 4.0
  • Part III: Finding Space - A Spatial Web of Things.
  • Part IV : Sharing Space - We all live here.
  • Part V : The Change Lifecycle - Avoiding the Kodak Moment.
  • Part VI : Letting go and making it smaller - A Survivor’s guide to the SWoT


DISCLAIMER I am currently employed as a Senior Professional Services Consultant at Esri Australia Pty. Ltd. The views expressed in this article are purely my own and do not represent the views of my employer. The recommendations and outcomes of this treatise are in no way affiliated nor endorsed by Esri Australia

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