One of the biggest trends in technology right now is the marriage between traditional hardware with software living on the Internet, usually connected to mobile devices. Referred to as IoT (Internet of Things), this category is a subset of a segment called ISP (Integrated Systems Providers). IoT reminds me of a 60’s Sci-Fi movie describing some new galaxy to be explored.
For some, these advances may be cause for alarm, raising questions about privacy and security. But you can’t hide from it…technology presses on. Like it or not, normal everyday pieces of hardware are becoming smart connected devices at a blistering pace. Beyond the simple “cool,” factor, connected devices offer convenience, personalization and often money saved.
For an ISP to be successfully adopted, it has to add true value for consumers. Nest was so widely accepted due to its low barriers to entry (affordability + ease of installation) and providing tangible cash savings year after year for the consumer.
I find the household systems like Nest to be the most compelling in their potential to change the way we live. Hardware that has not changed for decades is now transforming into cool tech. From the locks on your front door to your refrigerator, the hardware around your house is finding new life.
Here are 3 interesting household ISP’s you may not be familiar with:
- Kwikset Kevo door locks enable easy, keyless entry into your home
- Revolv provides a central platform to manage your Smart Home
- Dropcam is a cloud-based video home monitoring system
What static hardware are you hoping becomes the next ISP? Are there things you don’t want connected? Let us know in the comments below or talk to us @JamaSoftware on Twitter.