The Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things
© 2013 Daniel Kellmereit, Daniel Obodovski
A couple of years ago I created a Digital World label in recognition of the fact that the Internet was no longer a discrete service that one could engage in or detach from – -that it had become instead part of the infrastructure of everyday life. The Silent Intelligence is a technological/business briefing that expands on that, documenting “Machine to Machine” networking that will allow the tools and infrastructure we use to coordinate with one another automatically – so that the lights in our house, for instance, can be informed by an app tracking our phone that we pulling in the driveway. This is rapidly aging news now, of course, given that there are now competing systems for managing home electronics. After explaining the technological breakthroughs that are making this trend possible, the authors then examine challenges facing the field, and discuss possible areas where it might find the most immediate use, like hospitals and homes. Imagine if a nurse in a large hospital, in search of a piece of needed equipment could consult an app on her phone, which would direct her to the closest available piece. In this this case each instance of the equipment would be tagged, almost like Zipcars are now. Some of the predictions have already come to pass, like Redbox movie rental kiosks that can monitor their inventory and report when they need to be serviced, and there’s no shortage for opportunities here. The Patient Will See You Now expanded on this kind of technology in the medical field. Last year I acquired another book (Smart Cities) whose premise was also introduced here – -the idea that cities would become more “alive” than ever, as apps and infrastructure talked to each other and allowed for real-time monitoring of pollution, traffic, etc. Technologically, the 21st century will be a very exciting place to live
The Silent Intelligence is not leisure reading unless someone likes to read about the nuts and bolts of an emerging industry’s technical problems, but it’s one of the first books about the “internet of things” I was able to find. I’m sure more will follow as the built environment is reprogrammed along these lines.