The Year of the Goat, a symbol of good fortune, marks the celebration of global ecosystem collaboration to advance the Internet of Things. To encourage collaboration at an unprecedented level, Intel announced the opening of the first Intel IoT lab in China at IDF Shenzen, a major tradeshow this spring.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Internet of Things Group Doug Davis spoke to attendees about how the Internet of Things will drive new business models, transform industries and ultimately improve people’s lives.
“As we think about the Internet of Things, the numbers associated with it are all huge,” Davis told the crowd. “Analysts believe that by the year 2020 there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet1. About 10 billion of those devices are PCs, tablets, phones, and servers. That means the other 40 billion are things. Those things will include all of the great ideas and mass innovations that are happening.”
Today, the installed base is estimated at about 15 billion devices, and 85 percent of things that have integrated computing are not connected to each other, or to the data center or cloud2. That means that the number of devices needing to connect to the Internet over the next five years is 35 billion.
Internet of Things Growth in China
“If you look at IoT growth rates worldwide, the rest of the world is growing at about a 10 percent compound annual growth rate, but China is expected to grow at a 20 percent compound annual growth rate,” Davis said.
“Some of the industries that are expected to make up that growth worldwide are transportation and automotive, smart homes and buildings, manufacturing, industrial, and energy.”
Intel IoT Lab Opening in China
Davis also announced that Intel and the Strategic Alliance of Smart Energy Industrial Technology Innovation (SASE) are investing in an Intel IoT lab focused on platform development for the energy sector. The lab will allow customers to connect to an infrastructure and conduct testing for implementation. Intel has several such labs already in operation worldwide and will open this latest Intel IoT lab in Beijing at the end of the month.
“Customers need to be able to quickly and efficiently deploy these kinds of solutions,” Davis said. “The Intel® IoT Gateway platform integrates the Wind River operating system, the intelligent platform, and the McAfee Whitelisting Technology to create a platform where customers can create their own applications stack to deploy out into the solutions they’re creating.”
“If we want to be able to support 50 billion devices, we need solutions that can scale rapidly,” Davis continued. “Intel has been involved in these kind of horizontal and standardized implementations in the past, going from PCs to servers to storage to networking. We’ve seen dramatic growth in those areas because of that level of standardization. That’s the kind of scale that we need to drive into the Internet of Things.”
Intel IoT at IDF Shenzhen
2. IMS research