Physical actions in the real world and data processing in the digital world are fusing as the Internet of Things takes hold.
The Internet of Things - a network of of physical devices that are connected digitally - can translate physical properties into digital data, which can be sent anywhere in the world, and processed at light speed.
In the next five years, 20 billion devices are expected to be connected to the Internet of Things, revolutionising business models and marketing strategies and impacting businesses globally.
Real-time marketing is already growing, as companies aim to provide individualised customer experiences. The Internet of Things makes it possible to design products that can inform all aspects of your business in real time. Customer feedback can be generated from the products themselves; thereby measuring the success of marketing strategies and providing valuable insights for product development and design.
The Array of Things
Governments have been liberating data for public value for some time now. While most of this data is incredibly useful, until now it was, by and large, retrospective. It was telling a story of the past and, in most cases, only updated monthly, bi-annually or yearly. Real-time data feeds are revolutionary, as researchers at the US Array of Things describe:
"What if a light pole told you to watch out for an icy patch of sidewalk ahead? What if an app told you the most populated route for a late-night walk to the El station by yourself?"
The Array of Things recently received a grant from the US National Science Foundation and will be providing real-time data from the streets of Chicago. This data will be captured, block-by-block, by sensors which measure light, sound and air quality among other things. The data will be made available to the public at no cost.