The ‘Internet of Things‘ was a much hyped concept that is now starting to find mainstream implementation. As an idea it’s simple, network everything. Make everything connected. Having now evolved into several more practical sub sectors. Smart Homes, Smart Transport, Smart Cities.
Smart Homes, including ‘bots’ like Amazon Alexa, or Google’s Home Bot, are still primitive and in early adopter phase but are here to stay and will only become more advanced as the Ai platforms operating them are improved. Also in the ‘Smart Homes’ sector are the likes of energy meters, security features, automatic shopping, and other modifications.
Smart Transport is very much a thing now, with most new cars having sensors built in, GPS, and traffic management. The electrification of vehicles is very much aligned to this, making Electric cars smart is easier than combustion engine cars. Equally, the move to driverless cars and transport will be a continuous event for the future, the ‘smartening’ of transport.
Smart Cities is about connecting buildings, commercial and residential, and Smart transport, to create a fully connected and integrated environment.
“We built an IoT platform going live imminently, relating to social care and care in the community. The issue is not enough resources, so what they are trying to do is find ways to reduce costs and make everything more effective, because there’s a big knock on effect. When social care is ineffective it leads to NHS pressure. For example, an elderly person has a fall because of lack of social care, now it’s costing tens of thousands for a hip operation rather than hundreds for a preventative solution. And that’s just the financial implication, not the human. Of course they systems are not joined up, and there’s a lot of people who can’t afford social care. We are working to create a system for Manchester, to try to deliver these devices, like augmented fire alarms and smoke alarms who can notify care teams and family if something is wrong in the house, to create a smart home scenario that can support care sectors, we’re working with City Verve , ( http://www.cityverve.org.uk/ ) , a collective consortium of 23 organisations across Manchester City Council, creating a platform on top of the council’s own technology stack.” Ethar Alali, CEO of Axelisys.