For some of us, early January can be a difficult time of year. Grim weather. Impossible resolutions. The shell-shock of returning to the office.
Helping soothe those January blues (for techies at least) is all the news emerging from the Consumer Electronics Show that kicked off yesterday in sunny Las Vegas.
It's product launches galore. Beautiful new TVs, ever smarter phones, and cameras to make even the greatest klutz a match for David Bailey.
What caught my eye though was the welcome keynote speech on the Internet of Things (IoT) by Samsung Electronics CEO, BK Yoon. That the CEO of Samsung Electronics should use his slot at the most high profile tech conference in the world to talk solely about the IoT is proof - if ever any were needed - of the importance of this topic.
BK Yoon said that the IoT represented the most promising of all markets in the technology industry and went on to outline key moves being made by Samsung to help drive the market forward.
Two particularly eye-catching statements from BK Yoon's speech included:
- Samsung's belief that openness is key to IoT development.
- The need for collaboration between the tech industry and all the industries that IoT will revolutionise.
techUK agrees fully with these comments. We'd also strongly advance, amongst other things, the need for detailed use cases of key applications (eg those in energy, healthcare, cities, transport, etc) and how they can save users (eg the NHS) time and money; the need for government departments to play a lead role in adopting IoT products and services; and the need for large scale IoT demonstrators across the country to help make the IoT a reality.
IoT is an area where techUK feels strongly that the UK must be a world leader. As I have written before, we have the political support (the PM's speech at last year's CeBiT conference was a bell-ringing endorsement of IoT, whilst the publication of Sir Mark Walport's IoT review in December was further proof of high-level support), the skills and the expertise. We must leverage all of these advantages to ensure that the UK is at the head of the pack in terms of exploiting the societal and economic benefits that the IoT can deliver.