The IoT: Yesterday’s Predictions Vs. Today’s Reality

Here’s a look at some of the key predictions we at Forbes Technology Council initially had for a fully connected world, the reality we are dealing with today and how businesses can best prepare for the IoT’s continued evolution.

The biggest obstacle is the complexity of technologies, standards, silos and legacy systems. IoT requires interoperability and co-operations in eco-systems to be able to deliver on the expectations.

What Is a Smart City Platform?

In a data-driven society, the sheer volume of data is accelerating on an upward slope.  Our reliance on human-machine collaboration to be successful will require the velocity, veracity, security and the universal interoperability of data.

The explosion in hardware vendors, the number of communication protocols, and the lack of standardization of metadata and labeling among system integrators have created an environment in which data brokering between devices may be lost in translation or broken.  The desired flow of data back and forth between databases, levels of the technology stack, applications, industries, regions, countries and freely throughout the global economy does not yet exist.  The vision of machines flowing seamlessly around us and enhancing our lives sounds wonderful, but this utopia will remain a fantasy if communication barriers remain and the data the sensors are collecting cannot be used to provide contextual awareness.

Vendors have always preferred proprietary and closed systems since these tend to garner premium prices and lock a customer into a specific vendor.  Cities should take advantage of the potential power they now have to collaborate to accelerate and institute radical changes to the market.

The EU has been working strategically with FIWARE and the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) group to standardize on the same open-source platform.  This standardization effort has spread to Brazil, Mexico, and most recently to Japan with its new partner, NEC.  The EU is working on setting a single standard for data brokering between countries, as the ability to pool data into data oceans over data lakes will (in theory) generate deeper and more accurate analytical insights.

If you want an open IoT for Smart City, then FIWARE is a natural choice in Europe. But FIWARE comes with some limitations. Those limitations are what we solve with Yggio. We build upon FIWARE components, data models and API standards, but we add the missing pieces and much more.

Unlocking the potential of the Internet of Things | McKinsey

If policy makers and businesses get it right, linking the physical and digital worlds could generate up to $11.1 trillion a year in economic value by 2025.

This report from McKinsey Global Institute predicts that 40% of the total IoT value comes from having systems and devices that can communicate with each other. Without this companies will miss out on a potential $40 trillion each year globally.

Smart cities must do more to deliver value for citizens | ITProPortal

Why interoperability is the key to delivering real value from IoT-connected cities.

This is the value of Yggio.

The alternatives for massive IoT and Smart Cities or Buildings would be to either invest in one technology like 5G and try to use it for everything or embrace the different technologies with their strength in different use cases and link everything together with Yggio.

5 major challenges hurting the smart building sector in 2019 – asmag.com

We speak to Terrill Laughton, VP and GM of Energy Optimization and Connected Equipment at Johnson Controls to get his views on what’s hurting smart buildings growth.

“Historically, building management operations and services have been siloed. HVAC, security solutions, energy use, and infrastructure solutions, services and maintenance have been separate entities, each with different monitoring, maintenance, and management. The data gathered from these systems similarly has not been used to its fullest potential due to the unavailability of technology capable of synthesizing data from all of these systems in one place.”

This is where Yggio comes in. By adding Yggio integration on top of all existing building systems you can integrate everything and feed your BMS with minimum risk. No change-out, just add Yggio.

“Samarbete och öppen källkod skyndar på kommunernas digitalisering” – Computer Sweden

Kommunerna måste få det lättare att dra nytta av framsteg som göra i andra kommuner, skriver Nordix vd Daniel Byström ​​​​​​​och föreslår införandet av en nationell app store för mjukvara baserad på öppen källkod.

Sensative kan inte annat än hålla med till 100%. Vi är med och driver denna fråga med vår open source-baserade horisontella IoT-plattform Yggio, för att skapa en grogrund för mängder av tjänster som lätt kan flyttas mellan olika kommuner.

Digital koll på kontoret

En intressant blogpost från Vasakronan:

– Med den nya teknologin går det att knyta ihop information och data från många olika system. Det blir enklare att analysera, förstå och visualisera. Till exempel hur mycket energi man gör av med på ett våningsplan, hur mycket koldioxid som släppts ut eller hur mycket avfall som sorteras, säger Christoffer Börjesson, Chief Digital Officer, på Fastighetsägarna Sverige.

Den nya tekniken skapar också möjlighet att ta fram en mängd nya digitala tjänster.

– Jämför fastigheten med mobilen. Från början gjorde du det grundläggande, det vill säga ringde. Sedan kom den smarta telefonen med utvecklade plattformar och appar som innebar en mängd funktioner som förenklade vår tillvaro, säger Christoffer Börjesson och fortsätter:

– Om den traditionella fastigheten motsvarade den gamla mobilen, går vi nu mot en smart fastighet där nya system, applikationer och tjänster kan adderas. Det kan exempelvis handla om att boka och låsa upp rum, styra inpassering och få bättre koll på vilka som ska ha tillträde till lokalen.


Men allt detta kräver att gamla som nya system i fastigheten kan kopplas ihop, dvs någon form av integration av både dataflöden och styr- och regler. Att byta ut gammal teknik blir både kostsamt och inneffektivt, och att bara ansluta nya system till den smarta byggnaden ger begränsade möjligheter. Med Sensatives öppna integrationsplattform Yggio kan hela fastigheten kopplas ihop, både inom fastigheten och mellan fastigheter, vilket leder till risk- och kostnadsminimering i digitaliseringsarbetet.

Connectivity Options for Smart Cities: LPWANs and Cellular Networks

Network connectivity may either make or break a smart city solution. This article discusses some of the key considerations in choosing the right network for a smart city solution. Smart cities should be built using IoT solutions that connect via a healthy range of wireless networks.

“All the networks are better in their own way, as explained above, and the choice of which to use may vary depending on the requirements, timelines, and budget. The conclusion is that a heterogeneous network approach is necessary for smart cities. Smart cities should be built using solutions and connecting via a wide range of wireless networks, including the new 5G wireless.”

All these networks still need to be managed effectively and efficiently. Sensative Yggio provides ONE API to all IoT technologies and standards. One technology neutral interface to all assets for seamless management and data flow integration.

IoT på väg in i gymnasiet

I SOM-projektet undersöks inte bara hur samhället kan dra nytta av IoT – utan nu ska även gymnasieskolans teknikelever få chansen att lära sig att använda den nya tekniken. “Det här är ett sätt för oss att få idéer och synpunkter från nya användare på hur en IoT-plattform bör fungera, men också en väg att se till att kompetensförsörja branschen i Lund och Malmö”, menar Peter Bårmann på Sensative.