The overload of the data of the Internet of things.

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Information moves around us as if sometimes we were not there. Actually for the most part the information doesn’t care if we are there. It goes from a deployed sensor to a receiving translation device.

We don’t even think about that magic in the modern world. We accept it and move on. We can trace the growth of that data to the digital phone age, when more and more people had access to more and more information in the mobile device.

Imagine the image above with the points of connection and the seniors we connect to added to the image. How many data sources do you touch in a day? A Week? When do we touch the most sensors in our lives? When do we touch the least?

There is a lake in Northern Indiana that has cabins you can rent. Their advertising campaign you can’t get a signal here. No Internet or digital devices can receive a strong enough signal to interact with the digital world. Device free you can examine the wonder of nature and commune with the Squirrels. By the way no matterImage result for image of knowledge how smart they look Squirrels do not have a stock ticker or information source they just gather nuts.

The evolution of the digital signal has taken us from the world of G’s to the world of LTE. Carriers show us maps of the US with zones of coverage (notice the lake not covered in Northern Indiana?), It is about portable bandwidth. Information at your fingertips. Collecting data from the various sensors around you and providing you that information rapidly.

Of course we could argue that the screen impacts that functionality and data. The smaller the screen the harder it is to interact and use the data. Excel n a cell phone isn’t ideal it is actually painful. Having to review something in excel on a cell phone is even worse. I argued that point in my screen as a service blog series more than a year ago.

I believe with the Internet of things (iOT) the resulting explosion of data is going to change not only the device and how we use it but will even further refine our definitions of bandwidth and the amount of bandwidth we will need to consume.

iOT is as much about managing as it is about consuming. Sensors loosed into the world with the mission of finding information and sharing it.

Perhaps this could best be called the second phase of the information age. The data produced by iOT devices modifying not only how we interact with our devices but also modifying the what and how of the devices we carry. Today the device asks you when you send a picture what type of data do you want to send (image quality). In the future you may not be asked that question on uploads, it may be during the download instead. What are you using this image for? Do you need full resolution or will lesser resolution do?

Eventually even that lake in Indiana will have reception. People scurrying about the lake using their devices and missing the sunset, missing the trees changing color in autumn and worst of all missing out on the stock tips from Squirrels. The sunset no longer captured live but viewed on the device the next day or a week later.

The overload of the data of the Internet of things.

It’s a thing – really.


Scott Andersen

IASA Fellow!