The Internet of Things (IoT) describes a world in which networked appliances and machines connect together and interact independently across the internet, creating new forms of electronic ecosystem that typically interface with humans through cloud-based applications.

Making this happen is taking major investment to fund the complex developments that will achieve fast, reliable and secure interconnectivity between autonomous devices and allow huge volumes of information (so-called Big Data) to be processed efficiently so that meaningful and relevant outcomes and analysis can be delivered to the end user – be that a commercial enterprise or an individual consumer.

If we accept the IoT hype, an almost limitless range of applications can be envisaged with the potential to profoundly touch and benefit every shape and size of social community. Within the public sector it will embrace and impact government at all levels: international, national and local. There will be demand for new services from public providers and their technology suppliers across education, environment, health and transport. In the private sector, new opportunities will span multiple markets including communications, energy utilities, entertainment, health and fitness, safety and security, transport systems.

The introduction of new types of power-efficient, miniature wireless communication chips that support novel standards such as Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth Smart) and ZigBee and new protocols such as 6LowPan represent a major factor driving rapid IoT growth. TDI offers experience in many of the core elements driving IoT growth: high-speed wired and wireless communications; power-optimised electronics; smart physical and environmental sensors; efficient embedded processors; battery-powered portable devices. And because our design capability includes embedded hardware, real-time software and app development, we are well equipped to deliver total technology solutions for our clients.