Thursday, 12 October 2017 01:58

IoT is marching ahead in APJ

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Australia and the rest of the APJ region are leading the way in some aspects of IoT, Dell EMC APJ commercial president Amit Midha has told iTWire.

One example is smart cities. Asia is clearly leading the way, with 50 smart cities in China, 63 in India, and even some in Vietnam, he said. Seoul and Tokyo are big in this category, and Singapore is "setting standards".

And a Japanese company is leading the application of IoT technologies to vehicles, Midha noted.

More generally, 28% of the world's IoT implementations are within the region.

One unnamed customer in Australia wants Dell to help it build infrastructure capable of handling data at the rate of 12 petabytes per second, he said.

Another Australian customer is investigating the future of air traffic control systems in an environment that is no longer concerned with conventional aircraft flying between airports, but includes large numbers of drones, supersonic aircraft, and perhaps even SpaceX rockets. This would require a major rethink, probably involving the extensive use of sensors and a federated approach.

"This definitely resonates with customers in Asia," Midha observed.

"You have to put humans at the top", apply technology to solve previously intractable problems, and create new technologies to support human progress.

"In some cases, relevant data is already available, but we have not worked out how it can be used. In others, the technology has now reached the state where some ideas that have been around for decades can finally be put into practice."

In 20 years time there will probably be 10,000 times as much data as there is today, and technology needs to keep pace with that growth rate. Midha believes Dell can achieve that, especially as it is looking at the big picture rather than focusing on individual aspects.

"This is where our strategy is highly differentiated," he told iTWire, with all the companies in the Dell Technologies family pulling together.

Disclosure: the writer attended Dell's IoT Day in New York as a guest of the company.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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