“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
– Arthur C. Clarke
Take a quick look around you. Maybe you’re on your way to work, or perhaps you’re waiting in line at the coffee shop. Now take a quick look at the people around you–don’t stare--but try and eyeball the number of people you see. Got it?
Here’s the thing: three out of four of the people around you have a smartphone1. Which means that by the time you finish reading this paragraph, they might have been able to do any one of the following things:
- Let in their trusted handyman who came to look at a broken appliance, by unlocking the August Smartlock that’s on their front door.
- Schedule the temperature at their home to be at a toasty 70 degrees for when they get home tonight, using their Nest Thermostat.
- Confirm that their Amazon package has been delivered to their front door, by viewing the live feed from their DropCam.
- Send their heartbeat to a loved one, via their Apple Watch.
The point is that until a few years ago, none of these scenarios would have been possible. Rewind back to a decade, and none of them would have seemed imaginable. If there’s any indication that we’re living in times where technology is so advanced that it’s reached near magical proportions, this is it. The Internet of Things (IoT) best exemplified by the spread of smart, internet-enabled devices in people’s homes, combined with the forces of mobile computing, unlimited bandwidth, the cloud, and a crescendo of consumer APIs is what’s powering these micro-moments today.
IoT for Business
Now most of the examples cited above were grounded in the consumer world, so what of business use cases? Well, things are moving along, but every company has unique needs, specific micro-moments they’re trying to foster at a massive scale. And for IoT devices and services to truly deliver their promise in the business realm, they need to make a leap in terms of connectivity, security and interoperability. They need to shed their proprietary interfaces while still supporting strong authentication, and be flexible enough to map to any business’ system of record, wherever they are – on-premises or in the cloud – as well as any of its systems of engagement, no matter what they are – mobile apps, beacons, sensors, etc. They also need to work in concert. IoT will only be an enabler and driver of progress for your industrial use cases if it can seamlessly embed itself in the workflows that are core to your enterprise’s needs. For that to happen, you need the right tools and technologies to complement your vision.
IoT Zone at CONNECT 2015
That’s why we’re proud to announce our very own IoT Zone at CONNECT 2015. For the first time, we’ve asked our engineers to think about what would be possible if we took smart devices on one side and business data on the other, and mash them up using our very own technologies. The result is not your regular Internet of Things Zone, but rather an Integration of Things Zone, powered by MuleSoft.
Join us at CONNECT 2015, and discover for yourself what’s possible when you:
- Take smart race cars, and map them to real-time, stock data from the NASDAQ.
- Take two robots and have them battle using machine readable controls and novel interfaces.
- Create immersive multimedia experiences using music software, webcams, gesture based controls, and smart bulbs.
And better yet, you’ll get to play with these installations all you want. Our engineers will be there to explain what they built, how and why. More importantly, you’ll be able to walk away with their code and even whiteboard ideas on how to take the promise of IoT and adapt it to your business needs.
See you at the IoT Zone at CONNECT!
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