Amazons announcement last week of its new Fire phone prompted an interesting reaction from New York Times technology reporter Claire Cain Miller, who wrote that the era of the mobile phones will be overtaken by a new wave the Internet of Things (IoT).
Many people in Silicon Valley say the idea of carrying a device in our pockets to access the Internet is going to seem archaic in a decade. Instead, the Internet will be everywhere, and we will be able to get to it and log in to see our digital stuff from any wall or table, or on a bracelet or contact lens, Miller wrote. I think 10 years from now it will be increasingly clear that the smartphone was a transition technology on the way to full ubiquitous computing, Marc Andreessen, the venture capitalist who helped invent the web browser 21 years ago, said in a recent interview. (Yes, technology shifts fast, doesnt it.)
Miller sees the IoT wave gaining momentum as more people and businesses are attracted to its platform.
This so-called Internet of things is why many tech companies are already looking beyond mobile to bet on what the next computing platform will be. The speed of the consumer love affair with smartphones took them by surprise, and they werent ready for it when it upended their business models, Miller wrote. They are determined not to let that happen again. That is one reason they are spending billions of dollars to buy companies that might seem like puzzling fits at first, such as Googles acquisition of Nest, which makes smoke alarms and thermostats, and Facebooks purchase of Oculus Rift, which makes a virtual reality headset.
At Aeris Communications, we are moving full speed ahead to make this technology shift a reality. Aeris is a pioneer and leader in the market of the Internet of Things as an operator of end-to-end machine-to-machine (M2M) services and as a technology provider enabling other operators to deliver profitable M2M services.
The uses for IoT/M2M services are expanding at breakneck speed as businesses are seeing their value in sectors including healthcare, transportation, utilities, in-home services, security, and consumer automotive services, to name a few.
As this wave builds, Aeris will be riding it as a participant and as a leader.