I felt that so far, the most fascinating thing that I’ve learned in IST has been the Internet of Things. The IoT is something which I use everyday of my life and, until this class, was something which I absolutely took for granted. This article details the future of the IoT, particularly the economic aspect of its growth. The company featured in the article is Zebra, a company which specializes in live data updates within the IoT. Zebra produces technology that is, in essence, what we use in UPS and Amazon package tracking. The growth of this industry is what I was particularly impressed by. According to the article, the industry should hit $1.4 trillion by 2021, which is an absurd amount of money. Zebra’s initiative of developing live data updates within the IoT will, in my estimation, help iron out a lot of the kinks within the industry.
Why should you care about this? Because 5 years from now, your life itself will be so streamlined you cannot even imagine. Zebra Technologies company states that “Zebra makes businesses as smart and connected as the world we live in.” (zebra.com), with the goal being to make data capture as accurate and continuous as possible. Zebra aims to increase business efficiency of many enterprises by allowing unprecedented visibility into how the company works, which then allows improvements and adjustments to be made resulting in further efficiency. Zebra is much to do this $1.4 trillion projection as it is helping push the boundaries which currently exist in the IoT field. IST and the way in which technologies interact with one another may not be black and white but companies like Zebra paving the way for new levels of efficiency is.