In my previous few articles, I’ve explored the potential impact of sensors on the Internet. Soon there will be a trillion sensors connected to the Web, which will result in an explosion of online data. How will this mass of new and mostly real-time data be processed and analyzed? Will current data analytics software be able to cope? The short answer is, no it won’t. New types of analytics software will be required, together with much more powerful computers.
During my visit to HP Labs last month, I sat down with Meichun Hsu – director of the Intelligent Information Management Lab at Hewlett Packard – to discuss this issue. Hsu has been researching new real-time, sensor analytics solutions for the coming Internet of Things era.