Smart cities may not look like anything special, but their technology is making our lives easier. The IoT has changed a lot in the past two decades for the better, and now we’re much smarter about how we use it. Blockchain can bring many benefits to the IoT, and it just might help increase the number of IoT projects that last past their pilot phase. Has the IoT gone mainstream yet? Red Hat and Intel are working to make it happen. And a new in-car infotainment system brings us into the future of vehicle travel.
Smart cities are kind of like superheroes, but in their regular clothes. They don’t look that different from regular cities, but they help us stay safe, travel more efficiently, and more. But if we carry on with this metaphor, smart cities aren’t powered by supernatural abilities. They’re powered by network infrastructure, which is something they need to develop over time to power IoT devices.
Fun fact: The term Internet of Things was coined by a guy named Kevin Ashton in 1999. Twenty years went by, and in the world of IIoT, we’ve gone from the IoT simply tracking something’s location to now tying into business outcomes. We’ve gotten smarter about our technology use, and that means we’re better able to measure success.
Un-fun fact: Only about 30 percent of IoT projects survive past the pilot phase. That suggests a lot needs to be done to make this technology work for businesses. One thing that can help: blockchain. It addresses security, scalability, autonomy, reliability, and a bunch of other issues. In a world predicted to have 14.6 billion connected devices by 2022, we’re going to need those things.
What does it take for a trend to go mainstream these days? Getting the kids on board? A bunch of Instagram influencers posting about it? In the world of the IoT, going mainstream requires something a little more technical: hybrid cloud and 5G. Leaders from Red Hat and Intel recently discussed their work to make this innovative tech popular.
Thanks to a partnership between Google, Polestar, and Intel, in-car infotainment has reached new levels of awesome. Or as Intel director of product management Kerry Forell put it, “The Polestar 2 is a vehicle from the future.” It’s an electric vehicle with a really smart driving companion that makes hands-free navigation easy.