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The Internet of Things - Rambling Thoughts by Jim Fletcher
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We really don't think consciously about it, weather impacts every aspect of our life. It impacts our mood, what we wear, where and when we shop, what we eat, when we sleep -- the list is endless ...
So why don't we use weather more in our analytics and insights services to determine the real relationships and how to impact sales, ads, etc ... through the just announced availability of a range of weather APIs in IBM's Bluemix, anyone can now develop apps and services that integrate weather. This is just the start of a continued availability of services and solutions that integrate weather -- predictive, current, and historical - into our solutions.
Here's more info on the new announcement: https://console.ng.bluemix.net/catalog/services/weather-company-data-for-ibm-bluemix/
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Yesterday, IBM and Cisco delivered a significant announcement around the Internet of Things. The announcement talked about Analytics at the Edge, but perhaps what is more important was that it set the direction for "Analytics Everywhere". When I look at the Internet of Things and the connectivity and information processing models it will entail, it is a combination of most every model we have seen throughout the history of IT. There will be use cases that require "a mothership" as the control point, and master information source. There are scenarios where much of the processing can be handled "at the edge" with decisions and responses driven in isolation at the edge. There are scenarios that will require peer communications between "things" that are co-located or perhaps located across the globe from each other. There will be "cloud to cloud" information interchange requirements ... and security challenges at levels we have never imagined.
The "Internet of Things" is about business transformation, and the flexibility of being able to effectively and efficiently process information at whatever space is appropriate will create new new opportunities. Yes, we have seen some of these scenarios "in prior lives", but we have never seen the ability to develop and deliver the capabilities at the level of cost effectiveness we can today, nor have we ever considered the level of instrumentation that we can now do. Sensors are inexpensive and they enable a breadth of information that would have been unimaginable only a few years ago. Connectivity is nearly ubiquitous and inexpensive. Data storage costs are at levels where you can afford to keep data you aren't sure you will ever need, but might. And Analytics capabilities are becoming simple to deliver and available - with Watson Analytics being a great example of that evolution. #watsonIOT #IOT
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I suspect many of you are scratching your heads today, saying "IBM bought the Weather Channel???". Well first off, we bought "The Weather Company" which includes an amazing cloud-based data ingestion and analytics platform, a very successful B2B business that includes a solution that makes all of my airline flights smoother by providing plane to plane awareness of bumpy air, a proven weather prediction capability that has some of the highest accuracy in the world, and a B2C business that includes a smartphone app that is the most used app in existence today.
And when we think of weather, its much more than knowing it will be sunny tomorrow. Its detailed micro-forecasts that allow us to know the specific weather for a specific local at any time of the day. Its the ability to be pre-warned of impending weather events like extreme winds, lightening, or hail storms. Its heat indexes, windchill, dew points, pollen indexes, UV indexes, etc etc etc. All of these elements of weather when coupled with the awareness that the Internet of Things will bring as everything becomes connected created so many new opportunities.
Now lets think about all of this data in a world that has the Cognitive Insight capability that IBM Watson provides and will grow to provide ... the possibilities are truly endless.
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As is always the case with CES, exciting announcements are made. Today a new standard for Wifi was announced that should be available in 2018. Here's an article on it: Halow Wifi
The new standard focuses on improved range (up to 2x) and lower battery consumption. I have seen some articles focused around larger bandwidth hogs like file transfers, but as we look at IOT solutions, we're going to see a need for efficient connectivity, and exchange of small bursts of information. We could see apps that may have looked at BLE but now can leverage Wifi Halow instead.
Many have also positioned the technology more around the Smarter Home, but it would equally apply to a range of offerings as IOT will drive wide spread connectivity needs.
Lots of possibilities -- another great space to watch.