Did you know that today is a holiday? Yes, today is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day and International Jugglers’ Day but, at Intel, we’re most excited to celebrate International Internet of Things Day!
As you may know from my “What Happens in an Internet Minute” post, billions of devices are poised to make more than a trillion Internet connections at any given moment and, in the process, those devices are generating enormous volumes of data, spurring the next wave of “Big Data.” Nearly 640K Gb of global IP data, or the equivalent of 61,000 hours of music, is transferred in just one Internet minute. That number is predicted to explode exponentially and huge portion of the growth of this Big Data will likely come from intelligent systems – machines that communicate with each other, both directly and through the cloud, to make up what is frequently referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT).
It extends well beyond just mobile devices, too. The infographic below illustrates how our connected, IoT world touches many aspects of our lives. From connectivity in the car to digital signs in the mall, we’re contributing data to the IoT most of the time without even noticing it. Even the medical data that’s generated every time we visit the doctor contributes to big data and the IoT.
With our lives so digitally interrelated, it’s imperative that we keep these intelligent systems connected, secure and managed. For example, when we bring a smartphone into the car, we expect it to connect seamlessly with the in-vehicle infotainment system. And when a brand like Pepsi invests in an interactive vending machine, it’s important that we can remotely manage and repair the machine to save on costs and downtime.
To address this, Intel developed the Intelligent Systems Framework – a set of interoperable solutions designed to enable connectivity, manageability and security across devices in a consistent and scalable manner. The Intelligent Systems Framework eliminates a lot of legwork for developers and frees up valuable time to focus on unlocking the valuable Big Data that the IoT is generating. What can we do with all that Big Data? That’s a complex topic that we’ll tackle at another time.
For now, let’s focus on celebrating International Internet of Things Day. I, for one, plan to observe today’s holiday by doing some online shopping with my smartphone. How are you celebrating?