Sreeram Srinivasan, our CEO, discusses the internet of things, known as IoT, in this article. Our entire planet is becoming increasingly interconnected. We all connect via our smartphone or computer every day, if not seemingly every waking moment. An estimated 10 billion devices are already connected and this number is projected to expand five-fold by 2020. Maybe you already use a convenient smartphone app to control your home thermostat or remotely turn your home’s lights on and off to ward off intruders.
Not only are more and more everyday home appliances connected to the Internet, but they’re becoming smarter, due to leading-edge advancements in artificial intelligence (AI). Thanks to AI, devices from tools to toys, utilize chips and sensors to automatically adjust to their surroundings. This higher electronic self-awareness is leading to devices that not only monitor ambient conditions and analyze results, but also constantly learn the various aspects and parameters of the environment they operate in. For businesses in particular, AI-enhanced devices deliver valuable real-time and intelligent data.
Building automation systems, for instance, keep building owners and managers up-to-date on everything from a building’s heating and cooling to lighting and ventilation. These AI-based improvements automatically enhance occupants’ comfort, improve safety through fire and carbon monoxide detection, and lower overall costs and better efficiency through reduced energy consumption. Building management can even effectively monitor the lifecycle of systems within a building, anticipating repairs or part replacements before problems occur.
All of this essential online data can be conveniently transmitted to a central computer or mobile device. This can in turn be used to run reports and make informed decisions that reduce potential liability, decrease waste and enhance every aspect of building operations. Security systems can similarly communicate through the Internet. Security breaches can be reported to a 24/7 monitoring facility as well as your smartphone. If your basement is flooding, sensors can detect the flood, so the data is relayed to you from any location. 
From Information to Intelligence
The exponential development of the IoT is accelerating the transition from the information age to an intelligence age, where automation combines with AI to deliver the astounding benefits of technology, from devices in our homes to the impact upon business and manufacturing, or Industrial Revolution 4.0. With the IoT touching more and more aspects of our world and the electronic intelligence behind these devices growing so rapidly, we can look ahead to further innovations among many industry verticals:
- Travel and logistics could be optimized, ensuring better luggage management and client service.
- Farmers are using intelligent equipment that keeps track of weather, soil conditions, and the progress of seeds. This could reduce crop loss and failure.
- The manufacturing industry already uses technology to keep track of pallets and products, workforce efficiency, and overall operations. This technology is only going to improve, especially as more devices and tools are reimagined to wirelessly communicate.
- Highway and road departments can implement road sensors that monitor traffic conditions and volume. This can reduce the number of accidents caused by poor conditions and high traffic volume.
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