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Lately I have been thinking about the so called 'Internet of Things' (IoT), and wondering if we have enough internet IP addresses for all the applications that potentially we will have about our person. According to Gartner, there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020.
Objects in the IoT will not only be devices with sensory capabilities, but also provide actuation capabilities (e.g., bulbs/locks controlled over the Internet). To a large extent, the future of the Internet of Things will not be possible without the support of IPv6; and consequently the global adoption of IPv6 in the coming years will be critical for the successful development of the IoT in the future.
IoT, can refer to a wide variety of devices such as chips inside tablets (slowing us they have been swallowed or not), heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals, automobiles with built-in sensors etc. Current market examples include smart thermostat systems and washer/dryers that utilize wifi for remote monitoring. You will have seen those HIVE (http://www.hivehome.com/ ) ads.
Maybe social housing will one day come with an iPad plastered into the wall in the hall, showing the status of your heating, nudges to save the tenants money, water, energy and alert then to their arrears, when they are logging that responsive repair. I don't think we are that far away from that vision. Smart Asset Management, for benefit of resident and landlord is coming.
In at least two UK Housing tenders I have been involved in, I have included questions around smart homes, heating and electrical system monitoring, to test how innovative our providers are, regarding gathering information from tenants, without intrusion, but to enhance their life, health and wellbeing.
For care and support, being able to scan RFD tags and folder bar codes to clearly understand our service users needs on mobile devices, has been here for some time. At home, I remember a chat just a few weeks ago with one of those blokes (I think they recruit blokes, as I have personally never encountered any ladies), who read meters these days. He said that he was due to be replaced with a smart meter that waited for a dustcart to go by every other week, to take more accurate readings for billing.
Get ready, the future is here, I tell you!
Stewart Davison of Capita Housing Software Services, will be doing a session on the Internet Of Things, at Homes at Olympia 27th Nov 10:30, see http://www.homesevent.co.uk/page.cfm/Action=Visitor/VisitorID=1238 for details. it should be an interesting lecture.
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