A recent report from Cisco showed that sometime around 2008/2009, our world had more connected devices than people. By 2015, there will be over 3 times the amount of connected devices as people on the planet. Separately, Dr. Abel Sanchez of MIT's Geospatial Data Center echoed this assessment by commenting (see video embed) the number of products with serial numbers attached to them are currently in excess of 10 trillion.
These connected devices come in all manner of shapes and sizes – over 1000 buildings in the USA and Canada contain digital signage from Captivate, running on Windows Embedded. The Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center in New York; Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago; Gas Company Tower in Los Angeles; the Prudential Center in Boston; and Embarcadero Center in San Francisco all have connected LCD screens in the building.
Nick Sigler is one such individual and there is some irony that his infographic of the Cisco's Visual Networking Index report is arguably more insightful than the paper itself. It takes the raw data from that report and charts the growth of storage and bandwidth and helps us understand the terminology.
The Internet of Things is woven up with cloud and social as key trends. Big data and visualization are two others and machine learning is the magic behind the curtain that could unlock a world that truly does bring physical and digital together and make the seams invisible.
Kevin Dallas, Dr. Abel Sanchez and Yousef Khalidi discuss the "Internet of Things" and how Microsoft is extending Windows and the cloud to specialized devices.
[Source: Next at Microsoft]