Internet of Things to Benefit from New Research Center
As the Internet of Things (IoT) ramps up, trade groups are urging the U.S. Congress to be wary of too much government intervetnion in IoT development, and there is a race to set standards, as groups like the AllSeen Alliance are focused on. There is also a big need for independent research on how to grow the IoT ecosystem and develop new technologies.
Where might the Internet of Things head in the next five years and beyond? The AllSeen Alliance's Philip DesAutels (shown) provided good insight on that topic in our interview with him:
“In five years, I think all of this will be around us everywhere, in everything,” he said. “Predictions that were made three and four years ago have already come true in terms of the ubiquity of bandwidth, connectivity, the availability of radios, and more. We are going to have a lot of power to orchestrate the experiences that we want.”
“The next phase is going to be the really transformational phase,” DesAutels noted. “Systems around you will have a whole lot more information. They’ll be able to deliver a lot more value.”
The recently established Center for the Development and Application of Internet-of-Things Technologies (CDAIT) at the Georgia Institute of Technology is shaping up to be a primary research center. AirWatch, AT&T and Samsung Electronics are among the founding members of the center.
“Internet of Things” refers to the coming ability for all types of devices to communicate with each other through networks ranging from the Internet, to radio frequencies and other forms of transmission. Devices could include the equipment in cars, homes, trucks, cargo, health care, and other everyday objects. This new area of technological innovation is receiving increasing attention around the world because of its potential impact on all sectors of the economy and society. For example, we have covered the privacy and security implications surrounding IoT.
Companies like AT&T and Samsung can help advance Georgia Tech's research center. “Having companies of this stature join Georgia Tech in this effort speaks volumes about what we’re trying to accomplish,” said Andrew Gerber, Georgia Tech Senior Vice President and Director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). “We are proud to be recognized as a trusted collaborator in the Internet-of-Things arena. We are eager to harness the unique expertise of our professors, researchers and students throughout the Internet-of-Things value chain.”
“We’ve had a long-standing relationship with Georgia Tech for many years as we share a common commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation and taking education to new levels,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Internet of Things Organization, AT&T Mobility. “The opportunity for IoT is real. It’s already reshaping industries and solving real business issues for companies around the globe. We’ve been a leading participant in the IoT space for nearly eight years and look forward to extending our thought-leadership with innovators in our own backyard.”
Housed at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Georgia Tech Research Institute, the Center for the Development and Application of Internet-of-Things Technologies (CDAIT pronounced sedate) is positioned as a global, non-profit, partner-funded center located in Atlanta. You can learn more about the center at www.cdait.gatech.edu.