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The Internet of Things makes Big Data more interesting

Sander Duivestein
March 04, 2013

On the 21st of July Dr. Harish Kotadia wrote an article “Big Data: The Coming Sensor Data Driven Productivity Revolution” about the impact of the Intenet of Things on Big Data: “When it comes to Big Data, we often think of user (human) generated social media data. But sensor (machine) generated data is a much bigger story as sensor data will drive the next wave of productivity growth and innovation. […] Thanks to Big Data tools and technology, we can identify, store, retrieve and analyze this data in a cost effective and timely manner. […] Imagine the possibilities of what can be done with a vast array of sensor data that is analyzed and used in industrial/business processes in real-time.” Tim Allen from Intel refers to the column from Dr. Harish Kotadia and in his article: “Sensor Data: Where Big Data Gets Interesting” he says that the Internet of Things makes Big Data for more interesting and complex: “Sensor data comes from many sources – smart meters on your home utilities, traffic lights, GPS coordinates from your smartphone, TV viewing habits, security system readings, images from remote surveillance cameras, to name just a few. Information from the thousands of network-connected devices could potentially even add to this volume and variety. Adding information from sensors injects a critical human dimension to Big Data analytics – and provides important predictive analysis for consumer behavior.” Basically, Big Data is about to get a lot bigger. Intel has created an amusing animated video on the impact of sensor data on big data analytics. You’ll see how data coming in from billions of connected devices—such as location trackers, audio, video, smartphones, appliances, utility meters and other intelligent data sources—will soon deluge us with a rich and complex tsunami of existing corporate data.

About the author

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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