Our innovative guest columnist, Ulrich Frerk, talks about the internet of things (IoT): a network for all electronic devices to ‘talk’ to each other.

PHOTOS OLLIE DALE

Kiwis punch way above their weight in the tech world. An article published in TechDay IT Brief shared new data from the 2017 OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard, which ranks countries on digital technologies, science, and robot uptake.

LOOKING AT THE NUMBERS OF ‘MACHINE TO MACHINE’ (M2M) cards per person (the basic components of the Internet of Things), New Zealand ranks second in the world after Sweden, well ahead of America and the United Kingdom.

EXCITING TIMES FOR THOSE OF US WORKING IN THE IOT AND IN INNOVATION, and New Zealand seems to be well positioned for the robotics and technology revolution set to sweep the world in the next few decades.

RESEARCH FIRM GARTNER PREDICTS THAT MORE THAN 20.4 BILLION DEVICES ARE EXPECTED TO BE CONNECTED BY 2020. Any device with electronic components: cell phones and printing machines, home security systems and spa pools.

THIS TECHNOLOGY TIDAL WAVE IS GOING TO SEE US INTERACT WITH OUR DEVICES IN WAYS THAT WE CANNOT COMPREHEND TODAY. In the same way that it was impossible for our grandparents to imagine appliances, to turn on the lights, save power, free video calling and the internet on a mobile telephone.

BACK WHEN MOST PEOPLE WERE STRUGGLING TO GET THEIR PRINTER TO TALK TO THEIR COMPUTER, I BUILT A BUSINESS CALLED ADROIT which worked on getting everything ‘smart’ to connect with everything else, and in particular, making ‘dumb’ devices ‘smart’.

WE’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON SMART CONTROLLERS FOR SPA POOLS, BREWERIES AND MORE, MAKING THEM CONTROLLABLE FROM EVERYWHERE IN THE WORD, ADDING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO ‘LEARN’ YOUR PREFERENCES, REPORTING FAULTS BACK TO THE SUPPLIER, EVEN BEFORE YOU KNOW THERE IS A PROBLEM YOURSELF.

IS THERE A BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY IN CONNECTING SPA POOLS? THERE IS, AND THAT IS NOT WHERE IT STOPS. The whole IoT explosion has just begun, and the technology we’re producing at Adriot can turn all kinds of devices, appliances, and machines, into smart, controllable things, that we will rely on in our day-to-day life.

YOU MIGHT TALK OUT LOUD OR MAKE A GESTURE TO CONTROL THESE DEVICES. They could autonomously interact with other or self-clean. They may provide a heap of valuable data back to the manufacturers, to allow them to create better products in future.

IT IS SO EXCITING TO BE PART OF THIS INCREDIBLE TECH REVOLUTION THAT’S ALREADY TRANSFORMING THE WAY WE LIVE AND WORK. New Zealand is bursting with companies making all kinds of exciting innovations, like pollution-controlling face masks, sensors for smart clothing, electric motorbikes, low-cost reusable rockets for delivering satellites, and so much more.

SO GOOD IS NEW ZEALAND PROVING TO BE AT THIS KIND OF INNOVATION, THAT WE’RE ALREADY GENERATING $6.9 BILLION IN OFFSHORE REVENUES, making technology New Zealand’s third largest export sector.

As I said, it’s a great time to be in tech. Here at Adroit we are doing our bit to help change the world!

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