IoT Needs Sensor Analytics Ecosystem
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term coined in 1999 by Kevin Ashton to indicate his belief that the things already connected to the Internet at that time would soon add more data to the Internet than humans. Those things weren't devices per se, but any common object that has a sensor, sensor-actuator feedback loop, microcontroller or microprocessor within it, as well as a connection to a network that then flowed to the Internet. At the time, Kevin was basing his thoughts on RFID in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) supply chain.
Things have changed quite a bit since 1999.
The Internet of Things is more than an idea. By many counts, things on the Internet outnumbered humans in 2010. However, the IoT is developing in silos, within industries, and even within organizations, such that the promise of the IoT is not being realized. The interactions and data interchanges among humans and machines need to flow such that various areas can take advantage of the whole, that each central exchange can be informed by those exchanges around it. These exchanges may involve energy, ideas and currency. Trust will need to built, within an ecosystem, and with other ecosystems and surrounding environs.
“The whole system, including not only the community but the whole complex of physical factors in the widest sense.”
–definition of "ecosystem" from Tansley, A. G. 1935 “The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts and Terms” Ecology 16: 284-307
We first began working with sensor data in our data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics projects in 2000, when we brought RFID and barcode reader data into supply chain data marts and logistics systems. We first began working with "Smart" everything concepts and information architectures in 2007. In 2010, I developed my first mindmaps on IoT and SensAE. For sensor analytics ecosystems, I update this mindmap often, sometimes several times each day; sometimes every few weeks, as pertinent ideas are distilled from our research.
My postings for this web site, will explore the concepts presented in the SensAE mindmap, as presentations, keynotes and webinars, and serve as platform to develop these ideas further as a series of short ebooks, presented as slidedocs.