The Internet of Things is real and I've a collection of special spaghetti cables that can connect, measure and transmit. A lot of companies are doing to same thing when connecting devices to reduce costs, to transform, to innovate and drive costs down.
Twenty years ago, I used the internet as an information resource. It was bigger than the biggest library I ever used and it spanned every continent faster than I could possibly reach on foot. Now the internet has evolved into a central backbone for the lives of friends and family. I want to discover ways to tap into this important functionality. I would love to show young Coder Dojos how to build smart IoT functions that connect networked devices.
In the Emerging Trends module I teach to third level students, the assigned reading material says more than eight billion devices are connected to the internet today. By the time I retire in 2010, experts believe 20 billion devices will be part of the Internet of Things. Companies are figuring out ways to innovate through these technologies. John Hannafin, a fellow lecturer in the Limerick Institute of Technology, gets IoT signals from water level measurement nodes along the River Suir and tweets those water levels out on Twitter's public timeline.
Companies like Amazon and Uber consider the Internet of Things as part of their essential business processes. Their IoT processes put them on pathways of innovation and disruption that generate revenue from customers who appreciate companies making things smarter and more connected.
I expect to have a smarter home in five years. I believe my kitchen will start listening to me in 2017 when we get fibre broadband to our rural home. And I know that my connected devices will create data that will probably stream into one of the five Microsoft data centres in Dublin.
This is a growing sector. Microsoft expect to build another five data centres in Dublin before the end of the decade and the company has allocated one billion euro for that construction. For the past three years, I've paid Microsoft for Office 365 services for email, data backup and simple cloud computing services. From what I've learned today, I will start using academic licenses to ramp up my usage of Azure services, primarily for steam analytics.