The Future of Energy is the Internet of Things
| December 22, 2015
How many smart devices are in your home?
Phones, tablets, TV's... and more houses every day are installing smart thermostats and meters that monitor water and energy use.
This influx of connected items or “things” makes up the ever-growing “Internet of Things.”
Boston energy consultant Peter Kelly-Detwiler estimates that there are about 200 billion “things,” but only 20 billion of those are fully connected.
“This number is expected to grow to 30 billion by 2020,” he claims.
Now, one may assume the biggest challenge facing this growth is energy consumption—after all, those electronics are only going to need more electricity.
However, the real challenge lies in data.
You see, those billions upon billions of devices are communicating day in and day out. In 2013 alone, this amounted to 4.4 zettabytes of digital data bits circulating.
On average, this number doubles every two years, and is expected to reach 44 zettabytes by 2020.
So while the future Internet of Things will need to keep up with energy consumption, the first issue to address will be how to continue to send, store, and receive all of that data smoothly and quickly.