Today IoT can be likened to the state of the web in 1997. People were becoming familiar with websites, but the power of the web had barely been tapped. Very few people were using it for shopping, banking, medical records and all the other ways that are commonplace today. We had to experience it for a while to figure out how to make it more accessible, secure, and trusted – before we could take it to the next level—and we are doing the same thing with the IoT as it matures.

A snapshot

Continuing our deeper dive this month into the Internet of Things, it felt appropriate to ask some key questions and answer them to level-set the topic as we delve into use cases, opportunities, and frankly, very cool innovation for the new world we live in. The snap shot below was created to answer:

  • What constitutes IoT?
  • Which industries are most likely to be disrupted
  • What are the emerging business models?
  • How to prepare for the impact of IoT?
  • What does it mean for IT and the Network?

And if you missed the first post in our IoT series, we looked at how Kansas City’s Smart City initiative in conjunction with its transformed streetcar line is changing the face of downtown. Now boasting 6,000 riders a day, it has far exceeded the project’s goal. The “smart city” approach is contributing to a thriving start-up community taking hold in downtown with robust Wi-Fi, interactive kiosks and streamlined traffic flow patterns as a result of advanced sensors and data analytics. This is IoT at work today.

If there’s anything you think we missed, drop us a note in the comment box, we’d love to start a dialogue.