The Internet of Things is about to transform the way we live and work. And if it gives its whole potential, it will essentially change every aspect of our lives. That sort of excitement is evident in the healthcare sector, where the pen and paper have been the first means of recording reliable information for decades. But now, healthcare technology is changing in major ways.
There is no denying that the world is becoming more connected than ever. From smartphones to smart thermostats that know when you’re at home and smart pet food dispensers that you can activate as long as there’s internet connection, everything seems to be getting, well… smarter.
IDC predicted that the Internet of Things market will exceed $1.7 trillion by 2020 and the number of IoT connected devices will increase to over 30 billion. It’s safe to say that IoT will be everywhere —but where does this leave us?
In theory, the IoT will function smoothly as it grows over time. People will eventually get used to living in a fully connected world where everything they use has some connection to the web. That’s all good in theory, but in practice, getting the IoT to reach its full potential is proving to be an enormous challenge.
The Eclipse Foundation released an IoT developer survey earlier this year in which it showed that five percent or more of the respondents mentioned more than 14 programming languages. Although the IoT universe appears to be polyglot, there is one language which topped the Eclipse survey and that is Java.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the natural evolution of mobile, network, sensor, and embedded technologies; a nervous system which can connect anything with everything. If Cisco’s prediction of 507.5 Zettabytes globally generated IoT data by 2019 is anything to go by, the landscape of Internet of Things is most certainly the next frontier for software developers. Similar to the alchemists of antiquity, who sought to transform base metals into gold or find synergy between objects, IoT developers have the daunting tasks of distilling the anticipated flood of data.
The Internet of Things has revolutionized the way we interact with objects on a daily basis. Technology is meant to make human lives better, and this is the reason why IoT is the best gift technology has offered us of late.
Interoperability is one of the key topics in the Internet of Things – and at the heart of this is the way in which individual, connected components work together. Communication between these elements makes sense only if the underlying language can actually be understood by the devices involved. Yet from a technological perspective, this can be difficult to achieve due to the wide variety of existing communication protocols. As a result, this calls for some means of translating between the individual languages.
It’s clear by now that the next major technological revolution will likely be the Internet of Things (IoT). We’ve been steadily progressing toward a fully connected world for years now, and the culmination is set to happen as the IoT becomes a reality.
Eclipse IoT is a collection of open source projects for the development of Internet of Things solutions. It is one of the most active working groups in the Eclipse Foundation, currently featuring 25 projects. Here we present a brief overview of some popular offerings.
Internet of Things is rapidly becoming a central piece of the IT industry, so it goes without saying that the star of this growing topic of conversation, the IoT architect, may become one of the most sought-after roles.
2016 has just begun and it is already bombarding up with promises of a sunnier IoT perspective and a heftier collection of tips and tricks to facilitate developers’ performance. This JAX Magazine issue is packed with proof that OSGi is regaining momentum and other concepts that have one purpose and one purpose only: to curtail unproductive operations -it’s our treat!
The Zephyr Project is a small, scalable, real-time operating system which aims to create resource-constrained systems. It supports a large number of architectures and is can be procured via the Apache 2.0 open source license.