To continue my series of blog posts about how to practice the Internet of Things in different sectors, here is one for the public sector.
One of the most exciting things that is happening in our industry is that more and more organizations are publishing their data and functionality as APIs, and thereby enabling the creation of value ecosystems for the benefit of the end user. One such example is that we helped our client Philips to make the functionality of their Hue lights available to everyone in a public API.
Especially interesting is that many public institutions are making their very useful and previously hidden digital assets available to all citizens. One great example is the US open data initiative started by President Obama, which now publishes some 200,000 APIs in many areas such as business, agriculture, climate, consumer, ecosystems, education, energy, finance, health, etc. There’s so much information available that I encourage you to check out their catalog, and it really gets interesting when you consider what can be done by combining these APIs. If you are an institution (or any organization) who is looking for a way to making your data available to the public, I can tell you that are nice tools available today that makes it easy. If so, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and I can tell you more, or even quickly set up an example of how it could look and work.
One example of such an API is provided by a Swedish institution, and it gives access to pollen levels for different locations. That’s really valuable if you are allergic to some of them, like myself. When I’m traveling to Sweden, I always check their web site for current levels, to be prepared if they are high. However, it’s not very convenient to find the info I’m looking for, and I often forget to check, which leads to a lot of sneezing. An interesting use of this data would be to make it more easily available to people with allergic problems, and in a way that is more accessible than browsing a web site, finding the right page, and so on. We could even do better than an app with a smart and connected device that could translate the levels into a more accessible and simple indicator. How about a small box right inside the door at home, so that you could check the levels with a quick glance? That would save time, prevent unpleasant surprises and even be fun. Especially if you indicate the levels with a smiley.
Here is a video on how such a device (and server) can be put together.
About Christian Forsberg
Chris Forsberg is Sogeti's Global Chief Architect, and his current passion is serverless architectures with microservices, cognitive solutions like chatbots, automation, and beautiful delivery. He has a long background as an architect of digital solutions for many clients on all the major platforms, and love to experiment with new technology. For example, he has put together a YouTube video series on how to get started with the Internet of Things, and has been involved in the implementation of more than 100 apps on iOS and Android. With a global network of 600 architects, he is devoted to creating intellectual property, and one example is Digitecture, a reference architecture for digital platforms. Other examples are Appitecture®, a start package for app projects, and Appcademy®, a certification program for app developers. Chris has received several technology leadership awards including Top 100 Developers (Sweden), and ten years awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by Microsoft. He was an official writer for Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) for many years and has also co-authored a book on mobile development in 2001.
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