Scientists have speculated on the implications of the explosion of data. They described their vision for a future Internet of Things — when trillions of networked computers could free people to focus their energies on pressing issues like climate change or resource shortages. (Watch the below video interview from David Evans, Cisco’s Chief Futurist and Chief Technologist as he talks about the Internet of Things and Tech Predictions).
Today we definitely see the Internet as the next realm for Big Data to shine: From a video camera, a tyre pressure sensor to a smart meter, these devices are creating a constant flow of data. In fact, as Carlos Dominguez, Cisco SVP, Office of the Chairman of the Board and CEO explains in his blog “Finding Wisdom in Big Data”, the data generated by the devices will very soon make up the majority of all information available, with the caveat, that the real-time nature of these new sources of data requires that it is evaluated in motion and in a meaningful way. The value of data is often dictated by time, being at its highest value as it is created. It is less and less relevant to look at them later.
Gathering data-in-motion from these sensors, mobile devices, and video cameras, the network can help companies and organisations to make decisions in real time. Cisco provides the intelligent infrastructure that supports this evolution.
This future of data-in-motion is the focus of a recent project produced by famed photographer Rick Smolan and sponsored by Cisco. The Human Face of Big Data launched during October 2012 with a program featuring industry thought leaders, amongst them Carlos Dominguez discussing “data in motion.” You can watch a recording by checking out the links on this page.
“Big Data is the new oil! It has the power to transform economies, make businesses more efficient, and improve our daily interactions as consumers. However, like oil, data is not truly valuable until it has been refined—until it is analysed and some valuable action is extracted from it.”
Bill Gerhardt, Director, Cisco IBSG