24 Aug The Future of the Internet of Things is all about Intelligence
Here’s what he had to tell us about his experience with IoT and where the industry is headed.
What does the Internet of Things mean to you?
For me, the Internet of Things (IoT) consists of two aspects. First, it’s all about connecting electronic devices around us to private networks, or the Internet, so that we can interact with them in a more straight forward, modern way. Also, to gather and analyze information to reduce waste and improve efficiency for things such as energy, and as a result to improve how we work and live.
Secondly, the Internet of Things is about different types of devices that understand and communicate with each other. This is a more complex IoT aspect, but it certainly opens the door to endless opportunities and connections to take place. Many of which we can’t even think of or fully understand the impact of today. What if your alarm clock wakes up you and then notifies your coffee maker to start brewing coffee for you?
Where do you expect the Internet of Things to be in five years?
The Internet is become more widely available, the cost of connecting is decreasing, more devices are being created with Wi-Fi capabilities, and sensors are being built into them. Overall technology costs are going down, so basically anything that can be connected, will be connected. Even today you can easily transform old fashioned device such as a general light bulb to an IoT device using a smart power switch.
| “Anything that can be connected, will be connected”
Today we have about 8 billion connected devices, and in five years the number will be more than 30 billion. Most of them will be a a huge network of consumer segment devices. These devices will be connected to the cloud and accessible over the Internet, but I personally expect to see a rise in Machine Learning required to process and analyze IoT data to increase efficiency, and save time and money. More importantly, it will provide artificial intelligence capabilities such as natural language processing for more contextualized and natural human-consumer device interactions. This is my favorite topic, and an area I’ve been working in the last few years, and I’m happy to see how much effort IT leaders such as Apple, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft spend on intelligent services (LUIS, Watson, API.AI, etc…) and their intelligent bots (Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Siri). You should definitely try them if you haven’t yet. I look forward to the rise of intelligent services, and not just to a number of connected devices.
What’s hindering the implementation of the Internet of Things?
One thing that comes to my mind when I think about IoT is fragmentation between different IoT standards and industry leaders such as Z-Wave, ZigBee, Thread, AllJoyn, HomeKit, to name a few, and how this fragmentation contributes a lot of ‘pain’ for developers and device manufactures. I’ve been involved in IoT from the very beginning, and personally participated in several well-known IoT initiatives trying to fill this gap, and I have concluded that unfortunately, this is still a major problem and area of concern.
Connected objects need to be able to speak to each other to transfer data and share what they are recording. If they all run on different standards, they struggle to communicate and share.
Another serious concern is security and data sharing. This is a very hot topic. With billions of devices being connected together, what can people do to make sure that their information stays secure? Will someone be able to hack into your toaster and thereby get access to your entire network?
How is the Internet of Things integrating with other forms of new technology?
| “This is all about intelligence”
IoT is very tightly related to cloud computing, big data, machine learning, real-time data analytics, AI, natural language processing and more. Everything that can bring an extra layer of intelligence to data, human-device, or a device-device interaction, is a key factor for IoT success. The ability to control your TV from the cloud is not very interesting, but being able to receive some recommendations what to watch based on some previous knowledge about your preferences, or notifications to not miss a particular program is what we are looking for from IoT in the future. This is all about intelligence.
What will be the biggest takeaway from your presentation at the ThingsExpo portion of the CloudExpo on November 1st?
2016 was the year of intelligent bots, and this year many companies such as Apple, Amazon, and Google have made a big step toward using AI and Bots in Home Automation. During this session we will review example cases and possible architectures/approaches to bring the power of machine-based AI and intelligent Bot services to home automation systems.
Sergey Grebnov will be hosting his session, “Intelligent Bots: Manage Your Smart Home from the Cloud!” on Wednesday, November 1st at the CloudExpo in Santa Clara, CA. Contact us for more information or to set up a meeting with one of the Account Executives with a free CloudExpo pass to see Grebnov’s presention and other events in and around CloudExpo.