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Monday, November 3, 2014
Building the Platform for the Internet of Everything
are embarking on a new technological journey that willfundamentally change forever the
economy, society and the way that we live.Wired magazine described a new era where “the most mundane items in our lives can talk wirelessly among themselves,
performing tasks on command, giving us data we’ve never had before.”The Internet of Everything (IoE) is a world
where up to 50 billion things (or devices) will be connected to the
Internet by 2020; or, the equivalent of 6 devices for every person
on the planet.
Businesses are beginning to completely
re-design their processes, operations and business models to benefit from this
new era.We are already starting to see the
emergence of smart cities, connected utilities, connected railways, connected
factories, connected cars, and even connected mines, to name but a few.All industries are looking to IoE as a
breakthrough technology to help them optimize their business, enter new markets
and enhance their relationship with their customers.This is why industry analysts, like IDC,
estimate that businesses will spend up to $20 trillion over the next three
years to realize the promise of the Internet of Everything.
But, The Internet of Things is More Than Just “Things”.As I described in this recent article, the Internet of Things is really a
short-hand for the four technology pillars (mobility, cloud, big data and
things), wrapped in security, that are forging a revolutionary new, and
revolutionary, connected world.Successful
IoE implementations don’t happen in isolation or independently.We are discovering that successful
implementations require a technical and business platform into which different
solutions can be easily plugged to efficiently and effectively achieve the
promised business benefits.The
cornerstones of this IoE platform include a robust connectivity and technology
infrastructure, operational and management services and a range of vertical and
experience, all IoE implementations require all of these technical and business
elements to be successful.Our vision is
that effective IoE deployments will build an IoE platform that can be extended
across the business, or even entire industries, to deliver a range of unique,
value-added IoE solutions.
Starting from the bottom, the layers
Connection – connecting
all of the solutions, data and applications through fiber backhaul or licensed
Access – a managed
Wi-Fi, or other unlicensed wireless network, to connect all of the sensors and
Platform – a platform
to allow new devices and solutions to readily and securely “plug and play” into
the overall architecture, and to connect to cloud storage and compute services.
and Horizontal Solutions –
the combination of devices and applications that deliver the unique solutions
for different vertical and horizontal industry segments/.
Monetization – in
some verticals, like smart cities and B2C, opportunities exist to leverage the
platform and network to create new sources of revenue.
Operating Platform –
a shared platform to consolidate the management, customer care and service
issues across all of the solutions.
Services – services
to support areas such as systems integration, planning and design.
Leadership – services
to program manage the entire implementation, operations and partner ecosystem.
and capturing the tremendous potential benefits of IoE is not just about cool things
and applications.A comprehensive
technical, operations and management IoE platform is required to turn vision
and promise into reality.