A really enjoyable thing about my job at Intel is talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) with people who share my passion for the topic. That’s why I was thrilled to be a presenter at the recent Internet of Things North America trade fair in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The event was focused on all the elements that make IoT so exciting: network infrastructure, compute capabilities, data acquisition and analytics—you name it, we covered it at IoT NA.
Connecting Legacy Infrastructure
When you walk around Milwaukee, you quickly get the sense that this is a city with “good bones”— solid brick buildings, friendly and hard-working people, and a rich history of productivity and quiet strength. Milwaukee is firmly established, and that makes it a perfect setting to talk about IoT. How so? Consider this: 85% of today’s devices are based on existing, legacy systems1. In order to take full advantage of cloud connectivity and data management and analysis, we need to integrate the newest IoT technology with existing infrastructure. That’s why we recently announced the Intel® Gateway Solutions for the Internet of Things, which can unlock the hidden value of the data in legacy equipment today and speed the deployment of new, innovative services.
End-to-End IoT Platforms
During my presentation, I spoke about how Intel envisions our role in advancing and enabling end-to-end IoT platforms for the next thirty years and beyond. Our ultimate goal for the Internet of Things is to connect, secure, manage, and analyze data from billions of devices. But IoT implementations are complex. In the industrial segment for example, factories face growing system complexity, new integration hurdles, and aging technology. As intelligence is added, greater connectivity, security, consolidation, and optimization are essential. These are very distinct requirements and therefore require a comprehensive set of solutions. Intel, along with McAfee and Wind River, provides scalable hardware and software building blocks for pre-integrated, validated solutions. These ingredients allow OEMs, ODMs and SIs the opportunity to focus on innovation and transform business.
Real-World IoT Example
Vnomics, a leader in next-generation fleet management solutions, provides a great example of an end-to-end IoT solution: device, network, and cloud all working together, turning data into actionable business insight.
With intelligence at the edge, coordination via network, and big data analytics in the cloud, Vnomics is making commercial trucking more efficient and reducing its dependence on gasoline. In fact, Vnomics has achieved an impressive seven percent savings in annual fuel efficiency. If all trucking fleets in the U.S. achieved an equivalent feat, it would save 3.6 billion gallons of fuel annually and keep 32 million metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
IoT is driving business transformation and Intel is providing leading IoT technology from the device to the cloud. Please don’t hesitate to connect with me via Twitter @Intel_Shahram with any questions you might have. Also, if you ever get the chance, definitely spend some time in Milwaukee (I’d recommend spring or fall for best weather). It’s a nice place, with an interesting past and a promising future. And it has a pretty good baseball team, too.
1 IMS Research