“IoT is a race to the bottom in the consumer side, with Far East manufacturers producing devices for increasingly small money,” he said.
“We’ve seen a lot of products and solutions looking for a problem, but we’re seeing more useful IoT in industry. We tend to do a lot of work around edge computing, with a lot of IoT devices communicating.”
This, often called ‘fog computing’ or ‘mesh networking’, means connecting devices not only to a central data facility, but with each other.
“We’re in the middle, between the device and the cloud service, providing the infrastructure for the network, creating the middleware. We’ve worked with the HSE around their Lighthouse project, involved in bringing their patients to the centre of the medical system, rather than the doctor.
“What we are seeing is a move toward connected health, so with epilepsy they have an ‘epiwatch’ that can sense the onset of an epileptic attack and can send a message to a caregiver,” he said.
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