Silicon selects eight of the most intersting Internet of Things startups
If there’s one particular area of technology that’s getting everyone excited and talking, it’s the Internet of Things (IoT). We’re entering an age where everything will be connected to the the web, not just atypical computers and mobile devices.
In our homes, everyday objects like fridges and lamps will have internet capabilities, and in the workplace, connected locks and windows will be the norm. According to research from Cisco, there’ll be around 50 billion devices running on the internet in the foreseeable future. That’s a lot of connected technology.
There are a lot of people who believe it’s the next big technological revolution. We’ve already experienced the rise of the internet and mobile. Now it’s time for IoT to shine, and it’ll be an extremely lucrative industry in its own right.
It’s definitely an exciting time to be working in tech. However big IoT will be in the foreseeable future, the fact is, it’s still in the early days. And start-ups are helping to drive and test the innovation. We look at the best that are leading the pack and creating technology capable of changing the world we live in dramatically.
Founded in 2012 by serial entrepreneur James Wickes, CloudView is one of the British start-ups putting the Internet of Things on the map. It’s developed a system that enables data generated by digital or analogue systems to be accessed from any location and to be used in other applications. This means there isn’t a need to replace cameras or recording systems. Cameras can be connected to the cloud through a specially-crafted adapter that uses standard broadband, 3G or satellite services. As a result, you can monitor and review triggered alerts, real-time video feeds and recorded footage from a smartphone, tablet or PC.
Sensat is another exciting IoT start-up, specialising in the niche geo-spatial tech industry. The firm’s aim is to digitise the world, turning places and objects into virtual environments. It builds and uses technologies that let everybody access the most important information about the world, like maps and ancient artefacts. Drones play a major role in this process. They provide high resolution surveying and collect over 15,000 equivalent data points, boding for ultimate accuracy and precision.
The thing about IoT is that it brings the benefits of the internet to almost any area, and cycling is a great example. See.Sense certainly proves this. Launched after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, the company creates products like intelligent and connected bike lights, as well as a line-up of theft-tracking devices. The idea here is that these products make the most of IoT advancements to bring new experiences to the world of cycling and improve the lives of cyclists in the field.
IoT isn’t just making waves in consumer-related industries. It’s also having a big impact in enterprise sectors. Built by a team of physicists and engineers, Converge is a young company looking to capitalise on the potential of the Industrial Internet of Things, a new buzzword that’s emerged within the last few years. The start-up builds low power wireless networks aimed at optimising efficiency on construction sites. Also, the sensor-based tech can let construction professionals monitor aspects such as the temperature of concrete, the pressure of retaining walls and the moisture of soil.
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