Last month I had the opportunity to present at the IoT Summit in Chicago. It was amazing to see the innovation in this space, from telemedicine to transportation to you name it. The companies attending ranged from start-ups to large enterprises, from software and technology companies to networking and cloud communications companies.
It struck me that the Internet of Things is a limiting concept as large as the multibillion forecasts may be. Where I saw the real magic was at the Intersection of the IoT and human communications. The Internet of Everything and Everybody, as big, broad and bold as that sounds, is actually coming together.
Here’s an example. One demo grabbed my attention with an incredibly smart – and cool – multimedia, multimodality business productivity application. Imagine this:
You have a customer coming for a meeting to your office.
You create a meeting invite using you smart office app.
You also book the conference room with the app. When you send them an invite, also send a link to your visitor to download the “smart office” app.
Now, when the customer reaches the office, the apps location sensor detects their arrival.
When they reach the front door, the door can be opened with the app through a temporary key generated for them.
The app also works as their “temporary badge”.
As soon as they come in, they host is notified through the app that they have arrived.
They host can now connect with the visitor via video call to greet the visitor and tell him that they will be right out.
The host takes a quick look at the conference room in the app and sees another employee using it. He can now quickly send a message to the person with the app so by the time the host gets to the room, it is free.
The same app is also used for vending machine management!
We also enjoyed attending the keynote given by Don DeLoach, CEO of Infobright, one of the most exciting and important companies in the IoT space. Don highlighted that as the market continues to mature, it is inconceivable that all users of IoT enabled systems will not want and expect to leverage the utility value of the underlying data, so we should expect the market will drive deployment architectures to evolve regarding data governance, ownership, stewardship, privacy, and security to allow all constituencies to realize this value to the fullest.
I’ll be writing a lot more on the potential of what I like to call M2M2H – machine to machine to human – where human communications can be triggered by machines, and vice versa. We’re building a lot of new applications on our Kandy platform, which after only a little more than one year has grown to support over 15M end users, 1,700 customers, and some of the most successful and exciting technology companies in the world including SAP.
2016 is going to be another incredible year of growth and change and we are more than ready to accelerate!