The IoT is perhaps the biggest source of press-release hyperbole in the IT industry at the moment. I see dozens of press releases a week and at least half of them would include reference to predictions by analyst firms like IDC and Gartner, which have predicted tens of billions of connected devices over the next few years. While the numbers and the timing of these predictions always differ, the volume with which they’re articulated is always set to maximum.
Unfortunately, despite a plethora of examples of these statistics being used in press releases, there is a sad dearth of great case studies of how the IoT is actually being utilized today. One came over my desk recently that is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, because it is a proof point about this sensor-driven solution but, more importantly, it is a great example of technology being applied to a very old and established industry.