Mobile Trend #5 - Mobile enables the Internet of Things
Zachary Jory 270003CQWD email@example.com |
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Mobile enables the Internet of Things. I’ll be honest, when I first read this one, I wasn’t sure of its importance. It seemed pretty vague. I wondered if we had just included this one to make 5. Having spent some time learning about it, I can assure you we didn’t. This is an important one and likely where a lot of progress around mobile will be made in the coming years. Most of us utilize the convenience of machine to machine connections more often than we realize. Obvious examples in my life are the Onstar app and my home security app which are convenient and also really cool. Things like clinical remote monitoring are becoming common; providing patients with flexibility and saving billions of dollars in healthcare costs. If you use a mobile device, chances are you’re connected to the Internet of Things.
Mobile technology is not limited to devices and people. It extends to machine to machine connections as well. Up to this point much of the discussion has focused on mobile as a medium used by individuals, but mobile is more than phones and tablets. Advances in technology are enabling machine to machine connections that are creating new revenue streams, operating models and opportunities to provide customer value. We are able to identify things through tagging and sensing them. Advances in nanotechnology are helping us infuse intelligence and processing power into objects to create thinking things. Advances in power technology allow us to power things more efficiently and for longer periods of time and in increasingly remote locations. The ability to tag things, sense things, power things and shrink things has extended mobility beyond people to nearly every type of object on the planet. Things are becoming more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent than ever before, and mobile is right at the center of that story.
These technological advances are enabling new business opportunities like remote monitoring of things like machines, homes and even an individual’s health, all of which once required face to face access. Context aware devices can proactively push promotions to people near a particular location and can help items like luggage speak to the systems that move them. Items in remote locations like street lights can turn themselves off when they are not needed.
Ten years ago, unlocking my car with an app would have seemed like black magic. Now, I do it every day. Machine to machine connections are at a point where there are hard-to-fathom possibilities in the coming years. We are going to see some neat opportunities emerge with the Internet of Things. One of my favorite things about the Impact conference is that it is always packed with visionaries looking forward to what possibilities will soon be enabled by new technologies. It often seems like some of the things discussed at Impact are science fiction, but what I keep seeing emerge with mobile technology and M2M connections convinces me that some of these seemingly crazy ideas are not far from being realized.
Impact 2013 is the place to be if you’re interested in what the future of mobile technology holds and how it can propel your organization to the leader in its field. We hope to see you at the conference and discuss the future of mobile technology. If you can’t make it, we invite you to keep up with all the action by following @ibmmobile and @IBMImpact.
Talk to you soon,