The rumor began at the end of the previous century: Things will connect to the Internet. Due to the long nose of innovation it took fifteen years to happen, but now a tipping point is here. In various sizes and shapes, all kinds of startups and established names are claiming breakthroughs.
SMAC + Things
Social networks, Mobile platforms and apps, advanced Analytics and Big Data, plus the Cloud form SMAC and this established paradigm has revolutionized the information society and made many more aspects of society ready for tech-and-things. With Things, we add the T to form SMACT. A decisive breakthrough and established fact due to miniaturization, cheap sensors, smartphones in the pockets of billions of people, autonomous systems, better batteries and smart software in the Cloud. SMACT is the ongoing story of an automation that is intervening in life itself to an ever-increasing extent. THINGS, in combination with SMAC, form a new, potentially disruptive wave of innovation.
SMACT and the City – New Technologies in Urban Environments
When will the Internet change our cities like it changed our lives? In the final Things report SMACT and the City we now take the city as the center of Things.The report shows how the five basic SMACT technologies are moving the creation of 21st century urban environments into top gear. We provide a status update on Smart Cities today and how developments like Senseable Cities and Cities as a Platform provide both new dynamics and opportunities for blending the digital and the physical infrastructure of our world together.
SMACT will transform the city into a platform to blend bricks and clicks seamlessly together. The report provides a analysis of how this is already becoming a reality for retailers and presents what companies and organizations of all trades could learn from the accelerating convergence of bricks and clicks.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Internet of Things to Tighten the Link between IT and OT
The fourth stage of the Industrial Revolution is upon us due to the far-reaching integration, accelerated by the Internet of Things, of Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT). This creates completely new opportunities as a result of new combinations of mental, physical and mechanical work by integrating the internet, sensors and embedded systems.
The Internet of Things enabled IT/OT convergence leads to cost reduction as a consequence of predictive maintenance, speed and intelligence, thanks to Machine-to-Machine communication and improved forms of Human-Machine Interaction. M2M interaction between and within machines and systems is the cyber-physical heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Empathic Things: from Wearable Computing to Biohacking
There are more and more devices that count our steps, take our blood pressure or measure the indoor temperature, track our location or conversations. We are witnessing a computer boom in terms of kinds, shapes and sizes – around, on or inside the body – that behave increasingly smart and link up more and more intuitively with man’s extremely personal and natural interface.
We are offering a look into this latest phase of the post PC era; where the fighting flares up for the new form factor, where the foundation is laid of new ways of communication between man and computer, where Bring Your Own Wearable Device (BYOWD) constitutes a challenge for organizations and the Systems of Engagement will develop their empathic ability to a high extent. In the next decade Personal Computing will become really personal: inside, on and around the person with attention for the context of the individual.
Things: Internet of Business Opportunities
Things: Internet of Business Opportunities deals with the THINGS tipping point. Connected things offer new opportunities to combat waste in the broadest sense of the term. This waste occurs among all parties: clients, suppliers, governmental bodies, service providers and the manufacturing industry. Applying digital things, sensors, actuators, apps and SMACT demands a certain mindset as well as concrete actions to optimize your process and event chains, and to translate surprising new opportunities into new products and services. The report by VINT offers an overview of recent developments and tips to accelerate your THINGS approach.