The Internet of Hotel Things
The HOSPA Voice
Carl Weldon, HOSPA CEO, and Wayne Gosden, Professional Development Marketing & Communications, investigate the latest in connectivity. Since Google’s recent acquisition of Nest, the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) has been the phrase on everyone’s lips but what is this new phenomena all about?
So what’s changed to make this the current hot topic and a market that will reach a value of $8.9 trillion in the not too distant future?
In short, technology and the internet itself have changed. Bandwidth is growing exponentially with increased pipelines from internet providers and the introduction of 4G to the UK as well as component costs dropping in price rapidly to the point that connectivity is becoming a standard feature, even for processors costing less than £1.
As an example of this increased connectivity, in 2013 there was approximately 1 device connected to the internet per person on earth. By 2020, we expect this to increase to around 9 devices connected to the internet per person (with a population of 8 billion in 2020). Presently, 80 ‘things’ connect to the internet every second but by 2020 we will see this rise to more than 250 ‘things’ connecting to the internet every second!
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