2015 in review: the Internet of Things (IoT)

Posted by: Schepisi - Friday, November 06, 2015

2014 was deemed THE year that the Internet of Things would explode, and didn't it just. We couldn't go a few days without hearing about IoT, reading another article, or learning about a new technology or company involved.

What happened after the dust began to settle? This week, we take a look back through the last 11 months to see what's new in the Internet of Things, how it’s changing people, businesses, and more.

Before we look back on 2015, let’s take a look way back to the 1920s. This quote from Nikola Tesla during a 1926 interview eerily rings true today:

“When wireless is perfectly applied, the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole... and the instruments though which we shall be able to do this will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket." (Source)

Wow! Let’s have a quick look back at the year that was...

The 5th International Conference on Internet of Things was held in Seoul, South Korea last month

Several presentations and workshops throughout the three-day event at the end of October addressed:

  • Challenges and solutions for the industry

  • Applications and services

  • The evolution of the Internet of Things

A jam-packed event welcomed keynote speakers from Samsung Electronics, Industrial Internet Consortium, and Siemens.

The conference sought out research papers on various topics during the months leading up to the event.

Internet of Things conference in Seoul, South Korea

Find out more about the event here.

The Internet of Things offered great potential for businesses and technology

Many brands and companies all over the world are exploring the new frontier that is the Internet of Things. Two highlights include:

GE announced GE Digital

A September announcement called the move “transformative”. All digital capabilities throughout General Electric will be brought together under the umbrella of GE Digital.

Texas A&M University

Researchers at Texas A&M are developing a smart device that will allow American Sign Language to be translated into English. The wearable technology tracks movements as a subject communicates through gestures. Read more about this incredible technology here.

Could Tesla become the “Google of the Internet of Things”?

How could we write a blog post about IoT, quote Tesla, and neglect the brand that named itself after the ground-breaking engineer?

Tesla offers real-time updates for its electric cars, essentially repairing errors and eliminating the need for owners to take their cars to a dealership to be repaired.

(They did this when batteries in their Model S cars exploded due to road debris. Read the story here.)

The Internet of Things transforms cities into living organisms

Beyond people and businesses, IoT spreads even further. Cities all over the world are integrating technology in order to create a more organised, sustainable, and usable city. Here are two examples.

Barcelona leads the world…

That’s right, Spain’s second most popular city is unleashing IoT’s power. Barcelona is already the home of the annual Mobile World Congress so it’s no surprise that the city looks to be the world’s ‘smartest’ city.

Barcelona’s smart technology includes:

  • Smart traffic lights (designed to help blind people cross streets more safely, and to clear roads for emergency vehicles, like fire engines, by managing light systems through the approximate path to the accident.

  • Smartquesina (an interactive bus stop with real-time updates, free WiFi, and USB ports)

  • City OS (a platform that allows the city to receive decisions in real-time)

Smart bus stops, smart car parks, smart rubbish bins, and smart lights are just some of the amazing ways Barcelona is leading Europe and the rest of the world during the rapid IoT growth.

Barcelona is the world's leading smart city

View all projects involved in Smart City Barcelona.

Melbourne keeps up

The City of Melbourne held a three-month trial at the beginning of 2015 to experiment how solar panels installed in Fitzroy Gardens and at Docklands might help gather insight into “how our city copes with changing infrastructure”.

The project, Sensing the City, represents the core of IoT: to collect data and communicate that data in order for it to be analysed and interpreted. Read more here

The Internet of Things; Machine-to-Machine; Internet Appliances

No matter what you refer to them as, there’s no denying that the Internet of Things is rapidly growing. It is changing the ways not only corporations work, but homes, and humans, too.

From mining and transport to heath and consumers, the Internet of Things may have exploded in 2014, but it will continue to revolutionise for many years to come. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Schepisi Telstra business partner.