Are you ready for the Internet of Things?

Perhaps it’s time you started thinking about the future capabilities of the internet and how you can take full advantage of its potential.

Most of us will agree that David Bowie was something of a visionary in a music and fashion sense, but he was also ahead of his time when it came to the internet. Bowie was one of the first artists to connect with his fans via a website, and he gave an insight into just how important he believed the internet would become during an interview with Jeremy Paxman on BBC Newsnight in 1999. Thanks to the internet we can now look back and appreciate just how accurate his prediction was here.

When being grilled by Paxman about the potential of the internet, Bowie responded: “I don’t think we’ve even seen the tip of the iceberg.” “I think the potential of what the internet is going to do to society both good and bad is unimaginable. I think we’re on the cusp of something exhilarating and terrifying.”

Twenty years on and we are really beginning to see the rest of the proverbial iceberg. It has gone beyond being a source of information, we now have the ability to improve the way we manage our built environment with smart technology and building automation, largely thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), which we have discussed in previous blogs.

However, it has become rather too easy to wrongly assume that any device with built-in wireless connectivity is part of the IoT, and this creates unnecessary confusion around the subject. It is only an IoT device if its information can be made available to other devices, and basing your building management around the IoT is not always the appropriate action, especially where you have legacy equipment that is not IoT ready. But the IoT is the future and the technology to support and enhance it is always evolving.

At Synapsys Solutions we continuously look for ways to advance our products and keep them at the forefront of the latest markets, which is why we have made Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) available within our SIP+ product range. Many organisations now offer third party, cloud based brokers allowing for the simple transfer of data from remote devices using the internet. This makes it possible to collect, store, visualise and analyse data from various IoT platforms.

Perhaps it’s time you started thinking about the future capabilities of the internet and how you can take full advantage of its potential. Email us to find out more.