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The Great Sensor-Era: Brontobytes will change Society

Sander Duivestein
August 12, 2013

“Some time ago we wrote about how the Internet of Things with trillions of sensors changing our future. Today, I would like to go one step further and have a look how a sensor-society generating brontobytes of information will look-like. Although it is difficult to have a look into the future and understand what the implication of trillions of sensors will be for organisations and society, it is worth having a try at it. As one thing is for sure; our society will not look the same tomorrow.  There are several organisations that predict the growth of sensors to reach trillions, but the organisations differ when the amount of a trillion sensors worldwide will be reached. The Wireless World Research organisation predicts7 trillion sensors by 2017. The Central Nervous System for the Earth (CeNSE), which is developed by HP and Shell, is predicted to reach 1 trillion sensors by 2020. These trillion sensors will drive 50 zettabytes of data annually (that is 50 billion terabytes!). On the other hand, IDC predicts that data usage will grow to 40 zettabytes in 2020. IBM predicts that the emergence of sensors for context-aware computing will grow to a trillion sensors by 2015. Cisco believes that by 2020, the Internet of Things will drive a $ 14 trillion business worldwide. It is clear that all of the organisations have different predictions, but it is also clear that the growth of internet connected devices is massive in the coming years and will create a trillion dollar worldwide business.” Great article by Mark van Rijmenam. Read the complete article here.

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Trend Watcher – New Media, Trend Analyst VINT | Netherlands
Sander Duivestein (1971) is a highly acclaimed and top-rated trendwatcher, an influential author, an acclaimed keynote speaker, a digital business entrepreneur, and a strategic advisor on disruptive innovations. His main focus is the impact of new technologies on people, businesses and society.


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