Understanding Big Data and the Internet of Things and Its Implications

  • April 28, 2014
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Understanding Big Data and the Internet of Things and Its Implications

Today the world is getting smarter and soon there will be devices which are smarter than what they are now. The world of devices and equipments will now be able to maintain big data that involve storing of data, providing easy accessibility to data, processing and analyzing data and finally delivering the data in the required format to satisfy multiple requirements.  Big Data is big and complex data and it does not only refer to data, but sets of data which increases its complexity making it difficult to read or identify the data.

The introduction of the “Internet of Things” the process of identifying ‘Big data’ has become simpler and more possible.  Suggested by Kevin Ashton in the year 1999, the concept of the internet of things indicates to objects with distinctive features making it easy to recognize.  With the introduction of the internet of things it is expected that a number of changes will be brought about in the data center and in the data management process. The “Internet of Things” or more commonly referred to IoT, is a system by which there is increased connectivity in the devices and objects being used commonly and by which it is possible to communicate and acquire information continuously.

According to the concept of IoT, everything physical like devices, equipments and things ranging from ordinary goods to advanced machinery can be digitalized and become ‘smarter’ by the use of sensors that generate a fabric which has the potential to bridge a gap between man and machine- the gap created by the inability of the machine to communicate. With the installation of these sensors, it will become possible to connect objects to the internet making it possible for the interaction between man and machine.

Some of the benefits of using the concept of “Internet of Things” include:

•    A wide range of industries can install these sensors and connect it to the internet
•    Updates on the status of the device, its performance standards, the urgency for updating or repairs, and other information can be passed on by the M2M communication.
•    Maintenance from remote locations and predictive maintenance projections can be made
•    Probability for the further applications that enforce analysis of data is generated
•    Factors like time, space and size have not become irrelevant as there is efficiency of all three factors by the establishment of the IoT.
•    IoT can be implemented in almost all the functional areas in an organization or business.

Some of the significant areas in which the organizations would really benefit with the applications of IoT include transportation, warehousing, waste management, environmental devices, automated devices in the home and work place, urban development, large scale trading and many others. With the application of the “Internet of Things,’ it would be possible to manage big data and with the enhanced intelligence capabilities of inert devices and produces become smarter and be enabled with  complex abilities  similar to human perceptions and reasoning.

The bottom line is that though the “Internet of Things’ is still in its evolving stages, there is no doubt that it is a concept that is waiting to be explored in order to make use of it to its complete potential.

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