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.