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ARM forms M2M supergroup in Cambridge

ARM forms M2M supergroup in Cambridge | The P2P Daily | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things represents a big opportunity to drive growth for both UK and worldwide economies. According to IMS Research, governments will play a key role in defining the regulations that will propel shipments for M2M communications modules to more than 118 million units by 2016, especially in the automotive sector.

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The first forum will meet on August 24 in the UK and will be chaired by Gary Atkinson, who leads the Internet of Things initiative at ARM.

 

“In the next five years, over £2.4 billion will be spent in the UK on smart home energy management devices, ranging from smart meters themselves to in-home devices that are connected to them. This is a great example of an Internet of Things application, but is only a fraction of the market that will open up over the next 15-20 years,” said Atkinson.


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The internet of things: how connected devices can drive sustainability

The internet of things: how connected devices can drive sustainability | The P2P Daily | Scoop.it

At this point, it's easy to drift into your worst Hal 2001: A Space Odyssey nightmare scenarios and envisage the creepy data map companies will soon be compiling once, say, our digitally enabled toothbrush is snooping on our daily brushing habits. But just like any technology, this retrofitted internet of things can only be as good or bad as the way we choose to use it.

 

So let's imagine how objects with connected online identities can actually drive sustainability. Imagine a portfolio of household good products – your laundry detergent and your dishwater – communicating with you to give a personal record that can help reduce water and energy use. Or imagine medical devices like glucose monitors that come with dietary advice and medicines that provide online side-effect alerts and tests. Or wine and spirits bottles that provide not just terroir history and cocktail tips but also personalised healthy drinking advice.

 

Established peer-to-peer services like AirBnB and the US private car sharing/rental company Relay Rides already point to how connected objects can promote sustainability. In the case of Relay Rides, subscribers who need access to cars but don't want to own a vehicle rent other people's private cars on a journey-by-journey basis. Now spin that model forward to multiple shared ownership of a single vehicle equipped with a digital identity connected to all the owners. The vehicle becomes the hub of an online network that allows, for example, four different owners, to effectively share that one car.


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