Today, there are more « things » connected to the Internet than people. Analysts predict some 25 billion “Internet Of Things” devices (IoT) circulating in 2015, and above 50 billion by 2020.
Some IoT are intra-connected in peers or in grid - others not - but in any case, every one of them interact with Internet, and thereafter get operated in the Cloud by Big Data companies. IoT will sustainably further step into each day-to-day devices surrounding people, hence digitalizing all aspects of human activities and Industries, including energy, heath, food, sport, home appliance, entertainment, education, payment, …
This new Paradigm is still at the start of the curve, but it shall surely enjoy global momentum during the coming decade. Doing so, it will be a disruption of the same magnitude than the previous industrial Revolution, with emerging new players that will foster their global power, and incumbent ones which will rapidly decline. Moving further ahead, it is truly a tipping-point since for the first time ever in humanity history, one sees the emergence of a virtual raw material; being the data collected by IoT to then fuel the Big Data global stakeholders which otherwise would be nothing. Hence, Nations wishing to maintain their independence, while strengthening their worldwide leadership, shall absolutely control such precious data raw materials generated by the population.
While some countries may go the easy and conservative way by banning some Big Data companies to operate in their territory, it will make their local Industry loose international competitiveness and innovation sense. When such a new Revolution occurs, there is usually no in-between: one could either lead it, or step away from it.
Another strategy would consist in efficiently controlling the raw material itself, i.e.: the data collected by the IoT. To run, any IoT relies on an Operating System (OS). So having the mastery over the OS software engine does bring independence.
Today’s popular OS are all originated from the Personal Computer (PC) age, and furthermore controlled by the same players and nations who have already their hands on Big Data activities. However, the whole new Paradigm incepted by the tens of billions of IoT will imply using a whole new OS architecture, with specific features which none of the existing PC flavoured ones could fundamentally fulfil.
Increased autonomy, lower cost, greater miniaturisation, and reduced data footprint shall be one angle only of the numerous key issues to address and solve. The greater game-changer will be to enable Things to rely on smarter environmental sensing and a certain level of contextual awareness to perform their tasks effectively and safely, especially when it comes to serve heath, payment or business-critical tasks with direct and even irrevocable implications for the physical world.
Starting from scratch to build such a new IoT tailored OS would be far too long and tedious for anyone willing to lead the IoT wave. Equally so, relying on Open Source like Linux would automatically endanger independence, while handing over to others strategic orientations.
So the ultimate solution has to be based on an existing OS technology meeting both the IoT drastic constraints, while being not inspired in any way from Linux, neither controlled by tier-one Big Data players, nor constructed around PC based architectures.
We do believe that HyperPanel Lab’s breakthrough OS kernel is capable of meeting the hereinabove listed challenges. Leveraging on such a breakthrough OS, stakeholders could lead the next IoT worldwide Revolution while positively impacting every single Industry towards digitalisation, as well as amazingly enhancing people’s day-to-day life.