Information of the Internet of things or what do self-driving cars dream of?

If we consider (and I know I’ve done this a lot so apologies if you are tired of reading about information and the IoT) the information of the IoT and the produced information will have a number of interesting affects. The first is people will slowly but surely access and leverage their portable IoT receiver more and more.

The second consideration is the reality of the information. For example and I have mentioned a few times in recent weeks, the first question I’ve asked is how do we quickly move IoT data to managed data? My initial answer is contained in yesterday’s blog.

Managed data is only part of the go forward process for IoT information (is it iIoT or IoTi because some people say IIoT represents industrial Internet of things). I talked yesterday about the nature of the information and the relevance of the data. Rather than being the headline (Man barely escapes as car is washed away by river) wouldn’t it be nice to be the non-headline (man avoids flooding and brings home Kentucky Fried Chicken for his family). That is a component the right now, data you gotta have.

clip_image002DLM© is a process designed to move data from the napkin (creativity) to managed IP in a logical and structured manner. Still there is one more transformation that has to occur. It takes me back (I know again) to the concept of the screen as a service. From both sides of that argument in fact. The screen as a service conversation was one I stared around two specific types of products the first being the personal presence/personal media/personal convenience systems such as Jibo and Keecker. The number of personal presence devices is growing. What once was a 2000 or 3000 dollar (US) machine is now much less. clip_image004That is a component of the screen as a service. Where there is a screen, and you remotely can connect and use that screen either to interact with others at the remote location or observe the remote location. Amazing how many times a day when people aren’t home that my dogs go outside. Really amazing is that people are home now and they are still going outside a lot! The other side of the screen as a service is the consumption of that screen. Be it a smart watch on your wrist or a remote television screen. The Google Chromecast was the initial take my small screen and share it to the big screen device there are many more of those devices in the market now.

It is more than consuming the larger screen it is also the intelligence to understand the limits of the screen you have. The value of personal presence and devices that allow you to share your screen has to be the ability to move small too big. But what about when you have a situation that only the small screens are available? That is the application of intelligence. Information presented on my cellular device that will allow me to make good decisions.

Don’t show me an excel spreadsheet on my cell phone. You can do that. But the screen real estate doesn’t support that modality. Notify me that I have something that requires I grab my tablet to interact with rather than looking at it on my cell phone. clip_image006Or, notify me that I have that information, but since I am driving I should pull over and use the screen in my car to view it. Will future highways have cellular phone lots just like airports or do self-driving cars take care of that in the future? If androids dream of electric sheep what in the end do self-driving cars dream of? Clear roads with no human drivers? Or do they dream of a carpeted garage?

The digital revolution is over, digital won. The next revolution is one step beyond IoT when the device has the intelligence to understand the three categories below.

· Nature of the information

· Nature of the device the person currently has

· Environmental variables and available resources the person can consume at that exact moment

Life or death information takes priority. The wrong size screen for the information says pull over. If there are other resources available use those automatically. Three simple rules for the IoT device to be both intelligent and in the end critical. The information of the Internet of things is a game changing reality that is just over the horizon.


Scott Andersen

IASA Fellow.