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The Internet of Things is Taking Over

by Alexandre Darche

02/18/18

The future of technology is aiming to build a seamless connection between everything around us. The Internet of Things (IoT) seems to be the way to achieve this by fusing cloud computing and a network of data sensors together. Connectivity is no longer simply between people and objects, but a mix between individuals and technology as well as technology with other pieces of tech. While there are still a lot of hurdles we need to overcome before we attain this utopian vision (privacy, encryption language, etc.), there are a lot of current applications for the IoT that we at Sensequake, and other companies, are developing.

Leisurely, the IoT is being used to entertain us like never before. Already, media companies, sport stations and casinos are analyzing through your search, purchase and viewing histories to cater media directly towards your interests. Tech company, Zepp, is currently selling consumer goods to improve tennis player's game. A sensor on the racket combined with a visual sensor provide your smartphone with an absurd amount of information ranging from your swing power, your shot type and calories burned.

Zepp’s hyper-connected tennis technology

(image: Zepp)

The IoT has also been helping make the simplest of daily interactions automated. In a domino effect, as you interact with one device, the others follow suit to simplify your daily tasks and cater it to your schedule. From fridges that add items to your grocery list to heating systems that start only on your way home to lower electricity costs, the connectivity of things has made some of our daily tasks thoughtless. The rise in popularity of Smart Home systems by Apple, Google and Amazon that connect to your other devices have made it clear that this is a piece of tech that will stay.

Samsung’s smart fridge adds items directly to your grocery list

(image: Samsung)

Another even more beneficial method of IoT implementation is in the domain of safety monitoring. With increased connectivity, any minor change can be known as soon as it occurs and a solution can be worked on immediately. While fields such as bio-medicine have been quick to implement the IoT to monitor patients from a far, the domain of engineering has been slower at updating its outdated methodologies. Sensequake is working hard to break the mold and deliver state of the art structural health monitoring to the field. We are working on developing our own next-gen sensors as well as a cloud-computing system for our 3D-SAM software for data to be seamlessly sent directly to our analysts for immediate modelling and results. This state-of-the-art sensing based structural analysis platform will make our cities smarter and safer.

At Sensequake, we are proud to be taking big steps towards building the future of the Internet of Things and the future of structural health monitoring.

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