The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to revolutionise the cities we live in and the way we interact with everyday objects – but keeping track of them may be a problem.
We are likely to see traffic lights that speak to cars, buildings that gather escaping heat, waste systems that monitor how much is being created and solar farms collecting energy from the roof tops.
With the rapid growth of the IoT, it is going to make managing the infrastructure and technology behind our cities an increasing challenge for authorities.
One company has created a solution to allow all these elements to be monitored in one place.
CyberLightening has introduced its latest software platform CyberVille – which is able to give visual monitoring and control of data from systems within the IoT.
The tool can control sensor and machine networks using a simple point-and-tap interface on any mobile device.
This could mean that large parts of cities are controlled by one person on their iPhone.
The system is initially being targeted at energy production, smart grid and smart city applications.
In essence it creates a single control panel for all the systems that are being used.
It is built around several components that all work together to analyse the data and present it in the same place.
The company is apparently working with several large customers to implement a pilot of the system. These include a Nordic energy company, a state-owned enterprise controlled by the Finish government and a large bridge and road project in China.
If successful, the system pave the way for a solution to the smart city problem with the managing of smart devices.
CEO of CyberLightening Ville Mickelsson said: “Network operations and control rooms for infrastructure systems today are typically populated with dozens of displays.
“It’s a major challenge for skilled staff and managers alike to view both the ‘big picture’ and be able to drill down to levels of detail needed to really track performance and respond to issues.
“The complexity of these types of networks will grow exponentially in the Internet of Things era.
“With CyberVille, we are presenting the first solution built from the ground up to address the challenges of systems management in incredibly complex network environments.”