Technology entrepreneur Jason Hope sees a large amount of promise when it comes to the Internet of Things. He says that IoT is real and no longer a subject for science fiction stories. He says that before you know it your toaster will be able to inform you on your smartphone that your piece of bread is not browning right, as one example. For more information read about Jason Hope on Medium
According to Gartner Inc., a technology research firm, by the year 2020 around 25 billion different devices will be able to connect to the internet. This will include cameras, medical equipment, thermostats, cars, and even things like microwave ovens. These devices will be able to use Bluetooth beacon technology in order to share data between them as well as with people. These Bluetooth beacons are tiny enough to be stuck on just about any type of device imaginable.
One area that is already experiencing IoT technology is the aviation industry, Jason Hope says. About a third of aviation companies are now budgeting money towards IoT devices which can be placed throughout a plane. Nearly two-thirds of the aviation companies plan on budgeting in the same way within the next three years.
Jason Hope says that safety is the number one goal. Bluetooth beacon technology will be used to make sure that parts are properly working and maintained. An example of this is Virgin Atlantic’s new Boeing 787 airplanes. There are tiny sensors everywhere in this plane and they are all connected to a wireless network keeping tabs on how the plane is operating. Whenever scheduled maintenance is due is will be automatically brought to a technicians attention. If a plane in flight has an engine that is not working correctly they have mechanics on the ground who are ready to get to work as soon as the plane taxis to a stop.
He says that customer service is also already changing in this industry. Jason Hope says that automation chooses where passengers sit, making check-in easier. If you have a wearable device in the airport it can alert you if you are not going the correct way to your plane, the baggage area, or other destinations as well.