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Why is this important?

We are at the cusp of the emergence of a network of objects that empowers computers to perceive the world for themselves and act independently on our behalf. This has the potential to significantly impact the way we optimise the operation of cities, buildings, infrastructure and business.


An IBM introduction to the Internet of Things by Mike Wing, Andy Stanford-Clark and John Tolva.

World-renowned Science Fiction writer and futurist Bruce Sterling outlines his ideas for SPIMES, a form of ubiquitous computing that gives smarts and ‘searchabiliity’ to even the most mundane of physical products.

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The digital revolution in the past decade has promoted the Internet and more recently mobile network infrastructures as the technological backbone of our society. The growing importance of context-awareness, targeting enriched experience, intuitive communications services and an increasingly mobile society, requires intelligent services that are smart but invisible to users. The social and economic benefits of making ICT-based services in areas as diverse as health, sustainable environment, safety and transportation more intelligent and adaptive are recognised as a new driver for communications services.

Regardless of whether an evolutionary or revolutionary path is taken to design the Internet of the Future, it has become clear that physical world factors need to be reflected in its service and network infrastructures. Our ability to understand (technologically) where things are in space at some time (hence SPIME) is driving the growing importance of context-awareness as an enabler for more intelligent, invisible and autonomous applications and services. Driving this change is the increasing availability of smart sensors and actuators at decreasing cost, the availability of low cost wireless communications and the networking protocols that allow these devices to communicate.

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