Internet of Things Devices Which Need to Happen

Internet of Things Parking Meters

I live in New York City. If you have a car in NYC (why, I don’t know) you are subject to city parking rules. Not a day goes by in which wondering if same side street parking rules are in effect or if they are off. For those New York City motorists, misunderstanding what day correlates to what parking rule can mean the difference between a happy day and an angry morning spent paying the city $150 in parking fines.

There is something to be said for real world information in real time. Sure, it would be great to have a fridge which automatically populates a notepad on your smartphone or tablet with the items you need to buy at the market but all in all, the possibilities for connected Internet of Things devices are more granular. If the Internet of Things is going to thrive, companies and governments need to look at the solution with one question, “how can we use the Net of Everything combined with Big Data and Cloud services to create highly granular and communicative devices which inform overall populace with real time day-to-day information carrying the weight of altering decision making?” Another way of saying this, “how do we create a parking meter which will get the average NYC driver out of a same side of the street parking violation?”

With this in mind, I want to share three connected devices which need to happen on a mass scale.

1. Connected Parking Meters

Let’s get this one out of the way. Regardless if you live in New York City, London, Los Angeles or Paris, every motorist in a big city and small town could gain from connected parking meters. With the ability to communicate in real time with your smart device, connected parking meters can alert you to how much time you have left on your meter, parking rules of the day, if you are parking in a tow zone or not and ticket prices if you happen to violate parking laws.

On the city wide or country wide scale, connected parking meters in combination with Big Data solutions will inform government bodies and citizens alike on city wide, state wide and/or nation wide parking habits. This information holds the power to alter the way parking laws are designed, implemented and prosecuted.

2. Aviation

Late last year while at Cloud Expo 2013 in Santa Clara, CA, I had the pleasure of listening to a speech given by Yonatan Hagos of GESoftware. The talk centered on the use of Big Data in terms of aviation and how Big Data solutions have enabled a higher threshold of data collection touch points per, during and post flight. The talk illuminated the growing need of all aviation companies to provide as many data points as possible during all stages of flight to ensure the coordinators on the ground and pilots in the air have the most information to make informed decisions in real time.

For me the talk highlighted the need of aviation production companies like Boeing to enable connected airplane devices/parts. In combination with Big Data censors, connected engines, flaps, nose cones, fuel tanks etc. will only help to provide real time information regarding flight status to the people who need it most. Couple this with the expanding stream of data supplied by connected devices and aviation bodies could learn how to produce more efficient, safer vehicles.

3. Marge, I think You Have a Flat Tire

Net of Everything Automobile

Connected net of everything home security devices like Canary are a great idea. Connected thermostats and carbon monoxide detectors, i.e. Nest, are equally excellent ideas. But for a gear head like me, the holy grail of the Internet of Things is the fully connected car.

Most drivers don’t understand that tire pressure can either reduce or increase drag on your vehicle. In turn, this means your vehicle will either use more or less gas. Imagine a connected car which tracks in real time how much fuel your using due to drag created by tire pressure.

Outside of the flying car, the driverless car seems like the holy grail of driving. Turn your car on, input your destination and relax. While this is a far way off, connected individual cars to one another through on-board tech and censors will allow motor vehicles to course correct, slow down to avoid collision and actively monitor traffic conditions to lessen congestion. Moreover, the connected motor vehicle holds with it the power to alter speed limits, track/fix stretches of roadway which cause the most accidents, streamline fuel consumption etc. In short, connected net of things vehicles can make driving safer, more efficient, more cost effective and more environmentally friendly.

So please Chevy, the next time you get around to remodeling the Corvette to the beautiful stingray body of old, consider talking to Google about making it the first Internet of Everything vehicle for the mass market.

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