According to an IBM study, CEOs for the first time have identified technology as the most important external aspect impacting their organizations today. Industries are transforming with the adoption of Big Data, cloud, mobile and social business technology. These technologies are improving customer/employee engagement, creating new partnerships and driving competitive advantages throughout each industry, but many organizations are still struggling to keep up with the explosion of mobile technology and the sheer volume of data being generated.
To meet these growing needs, IBM MobileFirst was launched back in February to help clients design, deploy, secure and manage mobile strategies and apps. Yesterday, IBM announced a new technology that compliments the MobileFirst Platform, IBM MessageSight.
IBM MessageSight, is a 2U appliance designed to help organizations manage and communicate with the billions of mobile devices and sensors found in a variety of systems such as automobiles, traffic management systems, smart buildings and household appliances. This appliance is a big data orchestrator, and is capable of handling up to 13 million incoming messages per second flowing in from up to 1 million different sensors installed in anything — automobiles, medical equipment, home appliances, mobile devices – and then that data will be transformed into useful information.
IBM MessageSight’s uses can be applied to all industries, for example:
- In the retail world, a company could see in real time which products are selling out fast in its stores, via RFID, sensors on the shelves, or point-of-sale data. A trigger could kick off an automated order to manufacturers or distributors to order more.
- In the automotive world, dealers and car manufacturers could collect real-time data from sensor-enabled cars and keep a tab on potential widespread defects in a new model.
- If a dozen county hospitals were equipped with sensor-enabled medical equipment, the system collecting the data might observe a spike in a particular disease and warn of a potential epidemic before it spirals out of control.
Loading equipment and inventory with sensors is the easy part, relatively speaking; the biggest challenge is actually being able to manage and process all that incoming data. Over the next couple years, the number of machines and sensors connected to the internet will explode. By 2020, there will be more than 22 billion Web-connected devices, according to IMS Research. These new devices will generate more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of new data every day, with enough information consumed each hour to fill 7 million DVDs.
“Until now, no technology has been able to handle this volume of messages and devices. What’s even more exciting is that this only scratches the surface of what’s to come as we continue down this path of a Smarter Planet.” said Marie Wieck, general manager, WebSphere, IBM.
IBM MessageSight is scheduled to be generally available within the next month, in the meantime if you have any questions at all please feel free to drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org