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What will the Internet of Things look like in 2017?

The wave created by the Internet of Things throughout 2016 has gathered a lot of companies on to it, soaring to new heights and possibilities. So what about 2017? Will this be the year we see more of the IoT in our everyday lives? Will any of this new technology be useful? Let’s get started.

Self driving cars

Tesla’s Elon Musk made waves recently by promising it by the end of 2017. Imagine a self- driving car taking you from Los Angeles to New York without the need for a human driver. It would make more sense if cities tracked and charged owners of autonomous vehicles in a smart city. Recently Uber open sourced all of their car movement and traffic data to assist city planners (see more on that here).

Revenue generated by IoT suppliers

What’s surprising is that tech firms need to be alert as there is a huge leap in the revenue generation by IoT devices. Researchers believe that by 2020 look out for 26 billion units to be installed, where there is a revenue generation of $300 billion making it “Internet of Everything” making it add up to $15 trillion to the GDP.

Data collection migrates to the cloud

Next year, data collection will move to the cloud, predicts Timothy Chou. And it probably won’t be based on SQL, he says.“Maybe we’ll see purpose-built collection services, and one of the big purposes will be to use AI algorithms to recognize not only someone’s speech but also how to optimize the operations of a machine,” he explains.

Artificial Intelligence in IoT platforms

The world would ideally move away from an apps driven platform to an AI (Artificial Intelligence) driven platform. The idea is to let the user have a central access point with a singular experience, instead of having to engage with a host of applications with assorted experiences. This change shall ensure that only the contextually relevant set of information, services, and content reach the user. And that in an absolutely seamless, functional and intuitive manner. Incorporating this would require re-defining existing user interfaces and how we are made to interact with them. The ideal form factor to deliver this experience across home, cars, or on-the-go could vary, but the essence remains in ensuring that the connected IoT platforms actually become ‘intelligent’, rather than just being ‘smart’.

Speech (and Alexa)

Many developers are on a mission to create new experiences with voice enabled applications. Amazon Echo and Alexa Skills kit is a really natural interface to interact with the physical world around us. The new Smart Home Skill API enables you to control all your connected devices for the home, like lights and thermostats, from the cloud. An estimated 5 million Amazon’s Echo voice assistant devices have been sold since its launch in December 2014.

Environment and health care

Wearables will not only stream health parameters but will connect back to smart analytic services that will inform people of potential health problems. Air and water pollution are one of the biggest health hazards for the coming decades (as seen with the current issues in Paris and Beijing) and IoT will play a key role in providing solutions to tackle these problems.

Diversity

Today 26% of computing occupations are held by women. Many women are interested in becoming involved in the Internet of Things market. This is a growing amount of evidence pointing to women’s leadership in the domain of IoT data. Women founded startups are disrupting industries like construction, manufacturing, retail, fashion, healthcare - all industries that will see the Internet of Things become an integral part to running their business.

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