Looking back and moving forward in IoT: What were the most exciting happenings over the past several months and what can we expect in 2014?
The end of one year and the beginning of the next is a good time to reflect. 2013 has seen some amazing changes in the Internet of Things world and this year promises even more. To see the vision of a connected world materialize is an exciting thing. The realization of a truly scaled Internet of Things (IoT) is a bit like living in a world of science fiction. It’s not surprising that IoT is met with euphoria, scepticism and hesitancy – often all in the same breath.
Once I saw the works of Paul Rigger who’s researching at the Bosch IoT Lab (University of St. Gallen, HSG), I knew that Thomas Hoving was wrong when he said: “The only enemy of art is taste.”
As outlined earlier, we still need to improve our awareness, when it comes to room climate. Latest trends of “quantified self” helps us to work on a variety of data from a person’s daily life, like calorie intake, steps taken, quality of sleep and many others. So called “wearable computing” will support an easy way of tracking all theses parameters automatically. Still most important to us is the quality of the air that we breathe.
At Bosch ConnectedWorld 2014, two of my colleagues explained ‘Urbanville’, an app demonstrator showcasing potential functionalities used in smart city environments. Urbanville is based on a software platform that connects software and backend systems with for example public services, such as bus networks, parking lot management, waste collection, and information on road works. It provides up-to-date information to users and helps various city departments to operate more efficiently. As best communication works both ways, Urbanville also has a crowd sourcing function that illustrates how people can actively participate in and improve city life. So in addition to the existing fault recognition system, users will be able to log relevant visual and status information about the condition of public services.
Bernhard Dörstel from Busch-Jaeger Elektro, an ABB company and market leader in the area of electrical installation technology, used the image of a caterpillar and its metamorphosis to a butterfly as synonym for the development of home automation into a mass market. In his opinion, the following trends will influence this particular market segment:
Female shift – women define the future (and are the decision-makers for anything that comes “into the house”)
At the Bosch ConnectedWorld Conference, Mr. Dörstel outlined that ‘best agers’ are best targeted by high-end home automation as they combine both above average income and budget to spend as well as above average interest in technology (audio/video devices, smartphones, tablets). Therefore, the most successful sales channels are electricians and installers – more than 60,000 alone in Germany.
Watch here the highlights of Bernhard Dörstel’s presentation.
“We both share the same vision on the Internet of Things”, said Michael Ganser from Cisco about the collaboration with Bosch at the ConnectedWorld 2014 conference in Berlin. In our video he explains the benefits of the connected world of the future:
As great numbers of devices are connected to the Internet of Things (IoT), a new domain is being created – one that touches on nearly every facet of our lives. New customer-centric business models are taking shape. At many levels, Bosch is taking advantage of the opportunities that arise.
Watch here a short wrap-up video from the Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner, keynoting at the Bosch ConnectedWorld 2014 in Berlin.