The Internet of Things (IoT) & The Cape,
Islands and Southeastern MA
You may have heard this
word a lot recently, There is
constant discussion around
The Internet of Things
(IoT) but do you really
understand what it is and
what impact it will have on
our daily lives? And have
you thought of what type of
infrastructure will power this
type of connectivity?
The Internet of Things (IoT)
is a system of interrelated
computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, people or even animals that are
provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over to a network without requiring
human-to-human computer interaction.
On the Cape for instance, the Internet of Things will be utilized for everything from traffic
congestion, remote healthcare, distance learning, wastewater management, smart grid
power utilization, weather prediction, shark tracking and alerts and much, much more.
Think about your home and all the personal applications as well, does your iPhone connect to your
coffee machine automatically so you can brew coffee each morning when your alarm goes off? Can
you turn your air conditioning in your home on or off while you are lying on the beach? Does your
baby monitor allow you to check in on your babysitter during the day. These are all examples of
Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
All this connectivity comes with a price though, the Internet of Things will drive network capacity to
the point that only fiber-optic networks will be able service the skyrocketing demand. The copper
and legacy solutions incumbent providers offer simply will not meet the need.
OpenCape's 100% fiber optic network provides a state-of-the-art, secure,
resilient fiber connection with unmatched upload and download speeds that was
designed to be scalable for any perceived requirements in the future. In that
sense, the Cape & Islands are more than prepared for the future.
In fact, network capacity may be critical to the success of the smart home. If consumers find that
their smart home products don't work because their network can't handle the traffic, they'll abandon
the devices before trying to re-configure their own networks.
These predictions may seem speculative, but considering that consumers will use four-times the
amount of data than businesses by 2019 and the typical family home could have as many as 500
networked devices by 2022, high-capacity networks are more important to consumers than ever
before.