From the Internet of Things to People
Although programming from our public vehicles to a household appliance is key, we must always remember that the end is the users. That is the concept from which we must start and discuss.
* Let’s stop to discuss which were the technological trends that contributed most to people. During 2016 we saw the consolidation of virtual reality, a promotion in the development of local applications and the growth of a digital offer for small and large businesses.
But within this balance it is impossible not to mention the so-called Internet of Things (IoT for its acronym in English). This concept has been installed to define all creation that allows you to connect objects to the web in order to operate them, monitor them or measure their performance. However, what we urgently need is to stop talking about the Internet of Things as something distant and abstract, and start thinking about the Internet of People.
While the IoT trend in Chile is in its infancy in this regard; Companies, public entities and universities are working on initiatives that promote the human link and the practical benefit of the Internet. Some examples are Inscape’s IoT Challenge, supported by Cisco, Corfu and Samsung; or the Internet of Things Committee, promoted by the Catholic University with the support of private companies such as Intel and Google. These projects seek the most innovative ideas of the country in order to find solutions to change the day to day of people.
According to the global consultancy IDC, there are 13 billion “things” connected in the world and it is projected that by 2020 the figure will reach 30 billion. The key questions to see this forecast are: Do we need to connect all things to the Internet? Which are more important than others? The criteria should always be guided by benefiting people’s routine, improving their lives. Moreover, another interesting fact that the IDC reports showed is that 90% of the IoT data will be hosted on service platforms. If we connect this with the homes of people, we can talk about connectivity for the benefit of people.
Thus we have seen the birth of specific cases that we need to promote. An example is Kearny, a project aimed at improving processes in public health through a system that uses the IoT as a basis in the classification of patient emergencies, in primary care centres of emergency in the country. Another example were launches that we saw being born at the international consumer electronics fair IFA, in Berlin, and they are already in Chile, like the Add wash washing machine model. This allows through the Internet connection, save people’s time by programming washes from a smartphone, when you are out of the house. However, we need to see more cases, more options that solve everyday problems.
The main idea of a more massive and human penetration of IoT, is that it extends to all areas of life in an organized and comprehensive manner. If we consider the presented data, the idea is that the advance of this trend leads us to higher level connectivity. Therefore, we must create more connected ecosystems through more intelligent service platforms and products.
The advance of the IoT is a topic that concerns all the companies of the technological and public sector, since it includes factors such as security, interaction, connectivity and storage models, for the benefit of optimum performance. It is key that manufacturers and institutions work together for the benefit of facilitating people’s daily activities. However, although programming from our public vehicles to a household appliance is key, we must always remember that the end is people. That is the concept from which we must start and discuss. We need to think about the efforts in time and resources to improve the life of each one, both when designing technologies, and when putting efforts into research, promotion of ideas or services.