Why Things Matter

The Internet of Things is a vision. It is being built today. The stakeholders are known, the debate has yet to start. In hundreds of years our real needs have not changed. We want to be loved, feel safe, have fun, be relevant in work and friendship, be able to support our families and somehow play a role – however small – in the larger scheme of things. So what will really happen when things, homes and cities become smart? The result will probably be an tsunami of what at first looks like very small steps, small changes. The purpose of Council is to forecast what will happen when smart objects surround us in smart homes, offices, streets, and cities. Internet of people is the consultancy branch that advises corporations, public organizations, individuals and institutions on how to manage and facilitate the changes that the Internet of Things will bring.

What if all objects were interconnected and started to sense their surroundings and communicate with each other? The Internet of Things will have that sort of ubiquitous machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity.

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 The Evolution of Internet of Things

1. The world is the index.

The world is the index that we will use to classify and identify the things that surround us.  For example, the photos that we take have ever more frequently the location of the photographer and photos can be organize according location using by “Google Earth”.

2. Take the world on line.

The things that are surrounding us can have an information shadow on the internet. We can search monuments, museum and work of arts online. The technology to track objects has evolved even further with mobile phones pick up information and can be picked up from a short distance. The evolution of object recognition is already happening and it means that it is not necessary depend on codes or labels, but simply the direct identification of the objects around us.

3. Let the things talk with each other.

Objects can interact and talk with each other to exchange and integrate data, to trigger actions and to integrate how they work together (Evans 2011).

References:

Evans, D 2011, “How the next evolution of the internet is changing everything”, The Internet of Things, accessed 8/11/2012, http://www.cisco.com/web/about/ac79/docs/innov/IoT_IBSG_0411FINAL.pdf

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