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Devices are talking in the era of big data: Are you ready?

May 1, 2014

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the growing number of devices and sensors that communicate and interact via the Internet. Think smartphones, tablets, wearables, home appliances, security systems, sensors and a broad range of devices and products with unique uses.  

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Is the Internet of Things a hype or a reality? According to the Wikipedia, Kevin Ashton proposed the term Internet of Things in 1999 and many have discussed the concept for over a decade. The industry predicts that, by 2020, possibly 50 billion devices will be connected, which is 10 times the number of all current Internet hosts, including connected mobile phones

By connecting the unconnected, the proliferation of connected devices and processes has paved the way for new business opportunities and new client experience that transform our interactions with our surroundings in many ways. Let’s explore a few every day examples.

The Internet of Things is being led by the consumers. For example, smart home automation solutions are already showing up in monitoring devices. There is no need to worry about the rainy days. An intelligent sprinkler system can adjust the water flow depending on temperature and moisture level in the soil. The electronics, appliances, lighting, music, video, climate control and home security systems can also be integrated to help define a smart home experience that provides comforts, savings and a personalized setting just for you.

Smarter cities may be able to better evaluate patterns and trends to improve urban planning. City planners, utility companies and public safety dispatchers in a connected city are well equipped to allocate and distribute resources based on reporting from traffic management data, weather forecast, incidents, citizens, social media and sensors. With an intelligent solution, the agencies can manage, integrate and analyze the huge volume of big data from the connected devices, machines and systems to make smarter decisions.

As the number of devices connected to the internet continues to grow exponentially, an organization's ability to send, receive, gather, analyze and respond to events from any connected device needs to increases as well. Harnessing the data, either locally in the device, at the gateway level or in the cloud is providing unprecedented opportunities for businesses to leverage IoT to gain competitive advantages. 

Leaders have to proactively explore how to leverage the Internet of Things to transform their business model and look for new opportunities. Harnessing data from billions of connected devices lies in the ability to access, analyze, store and query transactional structured data and unstructured data together to produce actionable insights. Even with data coming from billions of connected devices, an enterprise-grade database at the gateway or at the sensor devices can enable informed decision making and local analytics. 

One key milestone in this process is choosing the ideal embedded intelligent database for gateway and the sensors to empower real time analytics.  IT decision makers, choose an intelligent database that can:

  • Handle SQL and NoSQL/JSON data seamlessly
  • Enable connected intelligence for devices with both ARM and Intel processor support and time series data management
  • Accelerate faster analytics with in-memory queries
  • Look for additional capabilities for rapid application development for IoT powered by IBM Informix database software in the Cloud with IBM BlueMix

Say Yes to Informix, optimized for embedded data management, including support for ARM and Intel hi processors for the growing trend of mobile computing, machine-to-machine applications and the Internet of Things. For more information on how Informix enables IoT application, watch these informative videos.

The Internet of Things, the next frontier, is here now. Are you ready?