Traditionally there were only a few devices that were connected to the internet, it was limited to computers, mobile phones and tablets. In recent years the number of devices connected to the internet has increased exponentially, including all kinds of devices such as surveillance cameras, TVs, refrigerators, bulbs, thermostats, cars, cardiac sensors, irrigation detectors and many more.
IoT seeks to connect people, machines, appliances, objects and simple processes – creating unlimited possibilities for governments, businesses and citizens. In a recent study Gartner highlighted that there would be 8.4 billion connected things in operation in 2017 and that this will reach 20.4 billion by 2020, they also predict that total spending this year on IoT related endpoints and services will be $2 trillion. That’s quite a market!
The European project symbIoTe (Symbiosis of Smart Objects across IoT environments), aims to create a unified layer that connects different IoT platforms and their connected objects in a way that is transparent for designers and developers of new applications. At the moment the market place is very fragmented, but what the project aims to do is to show that by creating platforms that are interoperable it will have a positive impact on the future success of IoT across society.
They key benefit of this is that it will open up the market for innovative new solutions that are easily deployable across different platforms and systems. To give an idea of this you only have to look at the mobile device application market, at the moment you have IoS and Android as the dominant forces, but that realistically is still one too many platforms. It means that the same product must be designed for each platform, twice the work for the same end result.
symbIoTe wants to see the IoT market develop, but in a way that means such an issue does not arise in the future. At the end of the day, why should a company invest in innovative applications for IoT when there are 50+ different platforms and systems. If they knew that the way they developed the solution would work across platforms then there is a much bigger financial motivation to invest in innovation.
symbIoTe is going to piloting these ideas across a number of different environments: residence, campus, stadium, mobility & yachting. In our view technology should make our lives easier, not more complicated. This project aims to show that it is possible to create one app that interacts across domain and across environments – the app would adapt to where you are and interact with the relevant IoT platform accordingly.
The project is still at a very early stage and will be running for the next 3 years, it will be interesting to see how it develops and how they are able to work with IoT platform providers to make the project a success, for more information you can visit their website: https://www.symbiote-h2020.eu/