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Jet Propulsion Lab's IT CTO tells enterprises how to network IoT

Tracy Mayor and Tim Greene | July 19, 2017
IoT can be an inexpensive test bed for innovation when mixed with the infinite resources of cloud computing.

Blending IoT plus other technologies such as intelligent assistance (think Gooble’s Alexa), cloud computing and new interfaces with computers such as speaking, gesturing, blinking and soon even thinking, it creates a very different problem-solving architecture, he says. A person in an intelligent room could gesture or blink to initiate a query.

“We would say, ‘How are we trending on the budget compared to last year?’ and this piece of software would fire up, execute it, plow through databases on our behalf and do some predictions and speak back to us and say, ‘You are behind,’ or, ‘You are ahead of time.’ And then you can zoom in and it zooms in on a display. So using multiple senses, augmented by the digital assistance, using IoT to tie it all together and cloud computing is where it execute,” he says.

While IoT is important, cloud computing with its unlimited storage and compute resources is the platform that powers the process. “[It’s] where we can experiment with IoT, we can experiment with augmented or virtual reality and all of the other things that are coming. So if a company isn’t already in cloud computing, it’s time to get started.”

 

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