So What is IoT?
Think of something we are all familiar with, the human body – our conscious mind is about processing sensory information – the things we see, hear, touch, taste and smell. Our conscious mind interprets these sensory inputs, makes decisions and records outcomes and consequences so that we can learn and lay down memories. We draw upon those memories to be able to react to new situations, to predict outcomes, basically to learn.
The internet that we are all used to is very like an extension of the conscious mind – ‘the internet of computers’ might best describe it – these computers are used by people to communicate, collaborate and disseminate information; we are all used to websites, email, social media, content sharing and consumption.
The other side of the human body is the autonomic system. This is the system that ‘keeps things going’ – you don’t have to remember to breath or to make you heart beat, it just happens. Well actually, it’s the autonomic systems that takes care of this. Throughout the body there are sensors that feedback information to the brain. The brain evaluates the information against what is normal and then can issue ‘commands’ – for example if your heart rate is too high or too low a nerve will release a chemical (neuro-transmitter) that will slow down or speed up your heart rate. All of this happens without you knowing about it – even when you are asleep.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is just like the body’s autonomic system – it connects ‘things’ that have sensors to a central system that can issue regulatory commands without any conscious intervention. At a basic level, you could have temperature sensors that feed back to a building’s environmental system to turn on the heating or air conditioning as required. At a more complex level, a road monitoring system can analyse traffic flows and alter speed limits, change the sequence of traffic lights, open up or close lanes and even re-route traffic.
Qubic, working with its partners, can deliver end-to-end IoT solutions. We will work with you to understand your objectives and help you build a business case. We will then take your idea off the drawing board to design and test a proof of concept. Finally, we will guide you through implementation and deployment, providing on-going support and continual improvement.