Big Data And Wearable Tech
According to research and analysts such as Gartner, Big Data is one of the most important things that a business organization has to deal with. Within this space lies the immense possibility of wearable technology generating Big Data. And wow – is it going to be BIG! Wearable technology can answer many questions. And in generating these answers, wearable technology is also generating data. Whether it is data pertaining to fitness levels or wearable technology at the workplace, it is going to be about dealing with information on an unbelievable scale.
Almost everybody is using wearable technology to produce actionable information. Corporates such as BP are turning to fitness devices to get their employees to enjoy a healthier life. Some are taking it beyond this and looking at employee use of time. A while back, businesses had to deal with the complexity of BYOD policies but today it is going to be about the WTD or wearable technology device policy! There are plenty of devices and this is going to lead to a doubling of data stored in the cloud by the year 2020.
It is not just businesses alone that will deal with data. It is the health sector too. Health is perhaps one of the bigger applications of wearable technology. Telehealth systems and sensor-technologies are astounding in their capabilities. The Affordable Care Act, for example, may just see more and more players in the health ecosystem embracing wearable technology. And this, in turn can mean more Big Data! Wireless medical devices may be more than 100 million every year in a short while from now!
How about professionals then? Pilots, soldiers, doctors and even athletes? They are going to use wearable technology in many different ways too. Amped-up devices such as glasses, smart watches and HUD are going to help them all in many different ways. Each one of them is going to log data. Big Data will mean extracting value from such data. Most importantly, every bit of data has to be correct and verifiable.
Wearable technology is going to be an ‘always on’ technology. According to Cisco, mobile traffic will touch a staggering 190 Exabyte by the year 2018. 1 Exabyte is 1 000 000 000 000 000 000 Bytes and a small number of 5 Exabyte is worth all the words uttered by human beings. So 190 Exabyte – I think I just passed out trying to calculate that figure!! Managing Big Data will mean the creation of more companies specialized in this area too. To borrow an idea from Peter Sondergaard of Gartner, big data is indeed the oil of today’s world and analytics is the combustion engine! Let’s motor on then in the world of wearable technology.