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Hacking Satellite: Our Sandbox - What is IoT?

Hacking Satellite: Our Sandbox - What is IoT?

If you’re just joining us, please take a minute to read the introduction to the Hacking Satellite Series at your leisure. GSE is in the process of building an innovation community within the SatCom industry, and we welcome your participation and encourage you to engage with us to move the world forward.

In focusing on the future, GSE has been ramping up its involvement with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, blogs, publications, and enthusiasts. For many of you, exposure to IoT is in your own personal consumer lifestyle with products like Nest, Amazon’s Echo, and Smart TVs. If you’ve noticed a seemingly obsessive relationship between companies and “smart” products, it’s because of the IoT revolution- the next sprint in the longer race to a technologically-enabled “futurist” world known to most as science fiction. It is generating a technology gap between cutting edge devices and cutting edge devices that support connectivity, and that gap is fueling economic growth and billions of dollars of revenue opportunity on a daily basis.

From a business perspective, IoT devices and tech simultaneously present the largest opportunity and greatest threat to the SatCom industry as a whole since the introduction of terrestrial 3G and 4G. As more and more devices reach the point of terrestrial connectivity, the next practical step is the demand for global connectivity. Whereas this demand in the past has been nestled within the specific industries and governmental sectors that necessitate ultra-remote communications, support for all devices anywhere in the world is now a realistic demand for the average consumer. The infrastructure providers of terrestrial networks are doing their best to keep pace with this growth, but satellite redundancy or even routing of certain connections exclusively through satellite makes sense in the near future.

Understanding the IoT is critical to our ability to identify the opportunities that will come from the scenario above, so we’ve pulled together some of the best infographics from around the blogosphere to help you in your quest for IoT enlightenment. What you will learn is that technological advancement is twofold: first, the devices and software become more complex and powerful; capable of doing more in less time; second, the ease of use and intuitiveness of those technologies increases to compensate for mass consumption. You’ll be happy to learn that IoT is already in phase 2, as it is incredibly easy to understand the relationships between the devices, the software, our world, and us.

Quite simply: participants in the IoT sprint are trying to make it so that consumers only need to understand how to operate one thing in order to operate all things.

The History of the IoT, in a simple image. When people joke about getting obsessive to the point of smart toasters being a little too far for the growth of IoT, just tell them that’s where it started.

We can clearly see the advancement, and with the objectives in mind, it’s a wonder why so many industries have put off investment entirely. If you’re an advocate for technological innovation within your business, and want to make the case for investing time and resources in growth, we encourage you to get involved with us through this blog. If you need a case to present to others to help rally the cause, there are a number of infographics just like this one that can help you explain the need for IoT focused innovation.

As we know that making the case triggers the amygdala response of most managers and risk advisors, as well as your own customers, we’ve also compiled some information to help you with resistance related to security concerns. Companies are already well aware of the risks associated with connectivity and loosely patched devices providing gateways to one’s entire ecosystem, and they are well ahead of the curve with security measures.

We may periodically add infographics to this post over time if we find any that will help substantiate a future article or post. Please bookmark this as your reference point for the concepts we introduce in future chapters of the Hacking Satellite blog. There are a number of excellent sources of IoT infographics out there, and we’ll continue scouring those to bring you the ones that will help your understanding the most. Please feel free to direct any further questions about IoT and how your business can get involved with us in moving the entire SatCom industry toward capitalizing on the opportunities and insulating from the threats presented by the IoT sprint. We look forward to hearing from you.

About the Author
Justin Vizaro
Product Manager

Justin brings an entrepreneurial background to GSE, and has been involved with the South Florida startup community since 2008, including a stint with Miami-based Rokk3r Labs. With Product Management and Product Development experience in over 20 distinct industries, Justin is always looking for opportunities to turn the boldest ideas into realities.

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