When people hear the words: 'the Internet of things' they are either confused, or they understand it to be a term that defines technology that transcends smart devices. The concept has been used by a lot of people in the IT world. The rest of the people, whose lives are supposed to be impacted by the IoT don’t know the full scope of what the term means.
In the simplest form, Internet of Things goes beyond general broadband connectivity,
Today, tech companies are keeping their innovations away from the public, not wanting their competitors to get their hands on these projects, preventing them from creating the same product or a slightly improved version.
According to Computer World UK, Amazon is one of the strongest IoT companies, however, Intel and many other companies are also heavily investing in IoT technology.
Intel is bold with its IoT Ignition Labs
Intel is one of the tech companies that have been working hard to create technology in line with the IoT. You have to keep in mind that the Internet of Things is supposed to affect more than just your laptop and smart devices. We are moving towards self-sufficient smart homes, self-driving cars and a slew of other things. Detractors say that we are heading towards an age where technology will take over the things that only human beings can do. Until recently, all the internet could do is to store, retrieve and feed information to a ubiquitous cloud.
To advance the progress and to explore other possibilities, tech companies are setting up research labs staffing them with the greatest minds and most diligent people. Intel has just moved its IoT research lab to Ireland for instance. Developers talk about coming up with interactive applications that will work with humans and vice-versa. However, they have taken it further by asking the age-old question. What would happen if machines could communicate with each other?
Intel has labs in Turkey, Sweden, Germany, UK, Russia, UAE and now Ireland. There are test labs everywhere in the world so people are asking why Ireland? Well, Ireland is one of the fastest tech developing countries, in Europe, and with strong ISPs, such as eir Business and their IoT solutions, it is no surprise that Intel chose Dublin for their latest lab.
Intel promised to work with local IT companies and this could be because Intel understands that different countries consume the Internet differently, and will thus have different needs.
According to Intel, Sweden was chosen because it has a good communication structure already in place and the country has been moving towards creating sustainable living spaces. The focus in Turkey is on transportation, retail, and smart city development. Germany’s focus is on the energy and manufacturing sectors. The UK’s focus is also transportation and Smart Cities. Russia is focusing on smart city and retail. Israel focuses on agriculture, transportation, smart cities and home. Ireland is not that different from the others, it will focus on alternative energy, integrating IoT in industrial settings and creating smart cities.
These labs will be more than just a tool that Intel can use to further its business strategy, but in Ireland’s cases, there are local companies that will benefit and have the tools and technology to advance their work even further.