IDF 2013 is around the corner and as you can imagine, we’re busy preparing to welcome the world to San Francisco for our global technology showcase. During the past twelve months since the last IDF, there’s been a marked acceleration in interest and investment around the Internet of Things (IoT). The transformation from discrete, isolated systems to Internet-enabled devices that network and communicate with each other and the cloud is moving quickly. Enterprises across all industries are now benefiting from this IoT transformation.
The fact that Big Data has come into prominence over the last few years has helped lay the groundwork for IoT. The dramatic investment in analytics and the speed with which the analytics market is evolving is really starting to drive the concept of end-to-end solutions that extract value out of data at every level: from the device to the cloud and back. Companies can quickly see where data translates into business value and the IoT conversation is now travelling in lock-step with Big Data. Moore’s Law is also helping make IoT possible—as compute gets smaller and more cost effective, it’s starting to make business sense to connect more devices, attach higher performance processors to devices, and further explore the benefits of IoT.
Steps to Take Today
There are billions, if not trillions, of installed devices and infrastructure in the world today, so that’s where we need to look first. Starting with existing infrastructure, we look at the range of IoT solutions from three viewpoints:
- What can be done to accelerate taking advantage of the existing installed base? In other words, what are you doing with the data and systems you have in place?
- What’s the end-to-end system from device to cloud?
- How do systems we put in place to take advantage of existing infrastructure affect future device requirements?
With objectives such as optimizing the energy grid, making transportation infrastructure more effective, and driving yields and throughput in factories, I find that the use cases for IoT boil down into two things: optimization and business transformation. For optimization, companies are gathering data on the health or the operations of their devices and improving performance to prevent failures, give them longer life, and allow for quicker repairs. But IoT also allows companies to develop completely new services that have the potential to transform their business. For example, auto servicing companies today receive terabytes of diagnostic data on vehicles every year. It’s now possible for them to explore ways to reuse that data—such as providing predictive diagnostic information to customers.
We look to IDF as our best opportunity to engage with the best and brightest developers on Intel architecture as well as provide hands-on learning to those who are new to our technology. Intel, along with ecosystem companies like McAfee and Wind River, are helping to streamline IoT integration by delivering consistent, reliable, integrated, end-to-end solutions that encompass hardware and software and scale across industries. Between the keynotes, sessions, demos on showcase floor and more, you’ll notice this shift away from developing traditional embedded devices to developing for IoT, and we hope that you take with you the critical learnings for your systems development. We’re just scratching the surface on what’s possible with end-to-end systems and connected devices and we’re excited to talk about how our products and solutions embody the best of the IoT.
Be sure to check out my joint session with National Instruments – “Moore’s Law and Big Data – Let’s Make Big Data Matter” on Wednesday (9/11), Room 2003, from 11:00-12:00 and stop by the Intelligent Systems Zone on the second floor concourse at the top of the escalator.