Much of the consumer benefit relating to the Internet of Things involves making things easier for a person to do. These ease-of-use steps may not come all at once and they may not seem like a big deal when first introduced.
Japan and Saudi Arabia have agreed to advance bilateral cooperation in fields such as network-connected devices and renewable energy, Japanese officials said. In the first meeting held Sunday in the Saudi capital to support the Mideast country’s as reported by Japan Today.
Two groups working to make it easier to connect everything from refrigerators to stereo systems online have joined forces. The AllSeen Alliance, a pioneer in the so-called Internet of things, and Open Connectivity Foundation, a rival group, said the Fortune.
In a survey of 600 midsize to enterprise-level product manufacturers by Internet of Things platform provider Xively, 95% of companies said that their understanding of customer behaviours and needs improved with connected products or services.
Defining the Internet of Things as intelligent interaction between humans and things to exchange data is easy enough, but assessing how and where IoT is playing, or should play, within retail customer experience is a bit more difficult.
Some industry watchers believe IoT remains in a hype stage yet grabbing obvious traction as some companies are boasting billions of connections.
“It’s happening quickly, but, yes it’s hype,” said Jessica Groopman, independent industry analyst and IoT advisor. Groopman was one of three panelists discussing real-life IoT applications during Networld Media Group’s CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit held last month in Chicago.
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