The Internet of Things is a growing market of connected devices, ranging from light switches to refrigerators to anything else you can imagine that could be controlled by a smartphone or tablet. But like any new technology or idea, right now it’s a pretty fragmented landscape with tons of different manufacturers trying to push their own stuff as the “standard,” which obviously causes some compatibility issues.
SK Telecom and Cisco are teaming up to create a more simplified platform for these things, marking a pretty big partnership between the South Korean network giant and the American equipment manufacturer.
The thought behind this partnership is that SK Telecom can provide excellent know-how when it comes to getting things connected to the internet, and Cisco can use their expertise to actually build equipment, like sensors an modules, to be used in those devices.
This platform, once established, will allow devices to analyze and process data locally, as opposed to having to send things to a cloud server somewhere. This seems counter-intuitive to the Internet part of the Internet of Things, but it’s hard to argue about how much more efficient it will be.
This likely won’t be the first partnership we see with these kinds of devices, as the market is expected to grow dramatically over the next several years.
source: Korea Times
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