Moving toward successfully pursuing the ‘Internet of things’ or smart, networked industries would require industrywide collaboration, said Telkom executive for converged business services Steven White.
Speaking at the 2012 Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference, in George, on Tuesday, he said that, as the world moves into the next “digital era”, the establishment of the infrastructure and technology required to support a networked and “smart” society should be a combined effort between all industry stakeholders.
He noted that this development, however, should start small and be advanced as required.
The ‘Internet of things’ was described by MTN Business GM for infrastructure and technology Edwin Thompson, as a culmination of ideas in multiple industries, leading to connected, smart devices or objects for, besides others, cars, security and appliances.
He added that no one company brought the Internet, and no one company would develop the ‘Internet of things’.
The first expected wave of the digital era was expected to result in connecting consumer electronics, followed by increasingly automated and networked industries and ending with the concept of “everything that could be connected, would be connected” in the future.