USA – Internet of Things Applications
Powering the internet of things: simple words to type but not necessarily the simplest of tasks to undertake.
As discussed by Cymbet, a developer of solid state energy storage solution, in a white paper published (and available from the company’s website), in 2008, the number of smart devices connected to the internet exceeded the number of people on the earth. By 2020 it is estimated that this number could reach over 50 billion, although one needs to bear in mind that this number wildly varies depending on how the IoT is defined, as the concept of the IoT is still very fluid and flexible in terms of what it describes/incorporates. Regardless of definitions, many of these devices will report to central servers and databases, while other devices may communicate directly with each other and develop their own intelligence. A lot of these are devices are familiar to most, such as smartphones and tablets but most of these IoT devices will be extraordinarily small and in many cased unseen: wireless sensors, tags, beacons, each of them characterized by enormous variety of operational environments, form factors and dimensions.
Find out more as IDTechEx hosts ‘Energy Harvesting & Storage’ and the ‘Internet of Things Applications’ in Santa Clara on Nov 19-20.