Cloud and the Internet of Things: Inextricably linked

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Today, the Internet of Things is more than a dream or an idea—it is a reality. The Internet of Things has changed not only the way we interact with each other (humans), but also the way we interact with the “things” in this world. Now you can interact with your car, a security cam at home, wearables and much more. You can even buy a refrigerator that orders food directly from the store when you are running low. Can you imagine this being possible without cloud?

We already have billions of devices connected to the Internet, and there will be billions more in the future. The Internet of Things demands the following capabilities from connected devices:

Consume information

All kinds of devices consume information. You have a GPS navigator that in the past would only listen to satellites to trace a route, but that can now consume online traffic information from traffic services and even from other users.

Smartphones consume and distribute a lot of information; a simple thing like data on today’s weather is consumed by people so they know what to wear and is linked to different exercise gadgets to get better information about health.

Provide information

Back to the traffic example, GPS and smartphones provide online information about the speed the user is moving on a highway or street. The user can even report accidents or problems and send warnings to other users to be aware.

When you wear an exercise gadget to track information, the information is shared with an application on a provider so your track and history can be saved. You can also analyze the information later.

Use analytics

I think the analytics function has been rising in prominence (it has been around for some time, so it is not new) because of the Internet of Things. Now, companies and corporations aren’t the only ones using analytics to track different kinds of patterns and anticipate the future; everyday users want to analyze their own patterns of training, traveling, health stats and so on. These kinds of new interactions (and others) will become common for users in emerging economies too.

Now that we talked a little about Internet of Things, can you imagine all this occurring in another site other than the cloud?

The role of cloud in the Internet of Things

Users can be anywhere and at any time, day or night; you need to be able to serve them all in a proper way. If you are a worldwide company, you need to be practically everywhere and you can achieve this with cloud computing (if you are a local company, you can use cloud to expand your business).

Cloud computing is the best way to share, receive and manage information for the Internet of Things because:

• Cloud providers usually have various data centers covering different geographies, which is ideal for having increased coverage.
• Public cloud providers offer pay-as-you-go services. This means that you can grow for peaks and then decrease, paying only for this time.
• These providers usually have a great infrastructure to serve millions of user connections and they offer different products for shared load balancing, security and more.

So I ask once again, can you imagine an Internet of Things without cloud? You can visit this website to learn more about IBM Cloud offerings.

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