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A recent report about the future Internet by the UK’s national innovation agency, Technology Strategy Board, has some illuminating information about the emerging Internet of Things. It suggests that converged services, amongst other things, will define the future Web.
The report is available as a free PDF download.
The report defines the future Internet as “an evolving convergent Internet of things and services that is available anywhere, anytime as part of an omnipresent socio-economic fabric, made up of converged services, shared data and an advanced wireless infrastructure linking people and machines to provide advanced services to business and citizens.”
The report goes on to state that “the Internet was initially about communications and then a means of delivering services. The next stage in this progression is a convergence of services, together with massively shared data.”
Convergence is a key term used throughout the report, the crux being that data will increasingly come from many sources and that services will need to mix and filter that data.
The Internet of Things is a “gradual revolution that will lead to all the objects surrounding us being connected to the Internet in some way”. This is one of the the main ideas containing at the report about The Evolution of the Internet of Things recently presented by Casaleggio Associati, a consultancy on Internet strategy and research on the digital economy in Italy.
According to its point of view of Casaleggio Associati the report identifies five stages in this Internet of Things evolution process that they have named:
- The world is the index: objects are identified by their position in the world
- Take the world online: moving onjects uniquely identified by a code
- Take control of the world: the objects are connected to the Internet and interact with people
- Let the things talk to each other: objects communicate with each other and action each other to occurrance of certain conditions
- Let things become intelligent: objects communicate with the Net to which they provided information that can be elaborated and used as new knowledge
In order to get an idea of how technology has evolved in the last few years regarding to the IoT, te report presents a summary of Internet-connected products developed in each of these stages. It also explains how each product works and the technologies used.
The report concludes that the main challenge is to create and develop technologies that integrate the two basic factors for merging objects and the Internet, “energy” and “connectivty”. This goal would make possible to think on new products connected to the Internet in the future, because currently the applications are being targeted mostly to mobile phones, due to their capabilities regarding power and connectivity everywhere.
The real and the digital worlds are convergi ng, bringing much greater efficiency and lots of new opportunities. But is it what people want?
WHAT if there were two worlds, the real one and its digital reflection? The real one is strewn with sensors, picking up everything from movement to smell. The digital one, an edifice built of software, takes in all that information and automatically acts on it. If a door opens in the real world, so does its virtual equivalent. If the temperature in the room with the open door falls below a certain level, the digital world automatically turns on the heat.
The real and the digital worlds are converging, thanks to a proliferation of connected sensors and cameras, ubiquitous wireless networks, communications standards and the activities of humans themselves.
In this special report of ‘The Economist’ we can find the following sections:
- It’s a smart world
- A sea of sensors
- Making every drop count
- Living on a platform
- Augmented business
- The IT paydirt
- Your own private matrix
- Sensors and sensibilities
- Horror worlds
Source: The Economist
RFID still remains a tecnology with a great economy impact in the upcoming years. The European Comission it is so sure about it that they published this year 2010 an extensive report called RFID: Prospects for Europe.
The report approaches different aspects, but the main focus is on using small tags for identifying of any objects form the actual market (pharmaceutical, food, household electronics, …) and on the public transport applications, already used by many cities.
It is mentioned the economical aspect also but the technological (costs, inexperience, …) and social (health, security, …) difficulties aswell.