Internet of things

Internet of things

Signs of optimism from the “Internet of Things” of the Polytechnic of Milan.


At the convention on 6 February about “Companies, Consumers, Citizens: the Internet of Things is growing” the results of research into the new and vast world of the Internet of Things or Intelligent Objects, or Connected or Interconnected, or the possibility of communicating machine-to-machine (M2M) and the resulting potential offering of new services for the consumer/citizen were presented.

Such an extensive subject, that cannot be limited by any definition you try and use for it: the image below only lists some of the current applications and, in 2013, represents the percentage distribution of the market value (out of a total turnover in Italy of 900 million) and the extensiveness of objects connected via the mobile network (out of a total in Italy of 6 million). RISULTATO INTERNET OF THINGS
The numbers grew rapidly compared with 2012: +11% for the market value (in spite of the general fall in the ICT sector, that Sirmi calculates to be around -5%) and precisely +20% for the number of objects connected.

Smart city

Further developments are forecast for coming years, especially in the more dynamic areas such as Smart Cars and 0, also driven by legal obligations (from 2015, the European eCall system, which allows cars to make emergency calls automatically, will be present on all cars, while the Smart Meter Gas standard will make remote gas meter reading and management devices compulsory.

In these contexts, Italy can boast excellence, for example in the creation of black boxes in cars, used for insurance purposes and smart grids with the Siemens Italia representative (Claudia Guenzi), who attended the PoliMi convention, stating that everything developed by Siemens worldwide on this subject had been developed in Italy.

What is missing for the new Internet of Things to consolidate and come out of the experimental stage, also into areas that remain currently less explored, but already look promising?


Surely a rationalisation and standardisation of platforms and infrastructures, now almost always implemented vertically, ad hoc for the specific application, and decisive to increase the added value from a perspective of re-use and interoperability.


And also the usual cultural change, where the enthusiasm of consumers more digital-oriented towards new technological gadgets is being replaced by the awareness of the degree of efficiency that can be obtained from widespread use. Last, but certainly not least, a critical factor for success in this sector of the market is the subject of governance of projects, which should direct and manage user requirements, assets for development, players, rules of engagement, results, costs and benefits with foresight and vision. In a word, governing the change. Quite a challenge even for us “simple service providers”, called upon to create and propose solutions both winning and which can be included in virtuous circles to multiply value together with other related solutions.


1 Commento

  1. Kinyasi Monyi 4 anni fa

    Great post!

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