I need to lose weight. It’s important from a health perspective and I have a new-born daughter that deserves to have a father in her life long-term. To that end, I purchased a Fit-Bit Flex. During the day, it tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. At night, it tracks your sleep quality and wakes you silently in the morning. Pretty amazing stuff. It wirelessly transfers my information to my laptop and tracks my fitness goals.
This amazing technology phenomenon that helps me become a healthy individual is taking the world by storm. What is this technology – the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT refers to the growing number of Internet-connected devices that can perceive their environment in some way, share data with one another and communicate. An IoT device must have a processor, a way to connect to the internet and some sensor to collect information. There are many examples; smart watches, fitness devices, smart cars, smart home thermostats and smart TV.
A recent Gartner Group study says that “The growth in IoT will far exceed that of other connected devices. By 2020, the number of smart phones, tablets and PCs in use will reach about 7.3 billion units. In contrast, the IoT will have expanded at a much faster pace, resulting in a population of about 26 billion units at that time.”
The key is understanding what to do with the information. From a business standpoint, how can you use this information to learn more about your customers and their experiences with your services? With Big Data, we have the capability to incorporate this non-structured data with traditional data sources. We can analyze this information in interesting ways.
Amazing when you think about the possibilities. For me, I just want to lose some weight.