Last weeks, we attended 3 events about the Internet of Things (commonly used as IoT), one at Girls in Tech Luxembourg and the other one at Café Numérique Arlon. A few weeks before that, the same topic was addressed at the Betacube Meetup. And finally, last week as well, Microsoft organized an IoT Bootcamp in their offices in Clausen, where Jan Tielens Twitter explained how to connect IoT devices to the Azure platform. You can find the presentation here : Part1 – Part2 – Part3 – Part4
After 4 events in Luxembourg about the same topic in a few weeks, does that mean IoT is THE new trend? Well actually, it’s not really that new. The IT world has been talking about and sometimes using IoT for some years now. However, IoT has really become a thing since the drop of the devices prices.
But what is IoT exactly? In our modern world, a lot of objects we commonly use are already connected : our computers, our smartphone, our watches… The term IoT generally means a device with sensors connected to a network (wireless, radio, GSM…). The sensors help the device capture data from the outside world exactly like your smartphone does : temperature, geolocation or movement. Once captured the device sends that data to the cloud for processing and/or storage (Big Data). We can then use this data for analysis or creating rules to react to specific events and trigger a new behaviors.
There are plenty of new business opportunities arising from the IoT/Big Data model, especially since it is now accessible to everyone thanks to lower prices and cloud platforms such as Azure and AWS. It has become fairly easy work on a new idea, create a business model and have fun experimenting with cheap devices.
Tools for IoT
- Raspberry PI 1 – 2
- Intel Galileo
- A lot of Kickstarter project
IoT is not the future, it’s now.
We can all use the opportunity that IoT gives us to make wonderful and useful new tools !