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EngiNX 2017 : The IoT Challenge


"The merger of physics and the digital world will lead the future,"- Jeff Immelt

In this era of the "Internet of things" (popularly termed as "IoT") can't agree more to the above quote. The "Internet of things” is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation in every forum. It's a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live but also how we work.

Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cellphones, air conditioners, car infotainment systems, headphones, wearable devices, jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig and almost anything else we can think of.

The obvious question that comes to our head, when we talk about connecting devices and Internet of Things is how many objects do we have that's connected to internet?

About a decade ago, we probably would have said one or may be two if you were an early adaptor of smart phone technology. But today, we got a work computer, a personal laptop, a tablet, a smart phone, a video game console, a media player, a smart TV and few even have a smart refrigerator.

Now extend this trend outward and see what do we get? It’s estimated by 2020 there will be 50 Billion (now that's a billion with a "B") objects connected to the internet. The market size will be up by 20% in 2020.

World's population is expected to be 7.6 billion approximately by that time and so that means that for every person there will be 6.6 objects connected to the Internet. We're talking about a world blanketed with billions of sensors. These sensors are taking information from real physical objects that are in the world, and uploading it to the Internet.

It's a world where your environment transforms as you walk through it, because technology that you may not even be aware of is monitoring your every move. It's a world that's constantly changing all around us due to these sensors and the Internet and we call it the Internet of Things.

Let’s stroll into the living room of the future,

Now immediately this room identifies you and taps into a cloud based profile of preferences like climate control, music, lighting and decor. Had a long day at work? The room knows based on the calendar app on your phone and biosensors that detect the stress via blood pressure and heart rate. So it turns off the rock music you usually listen to, and switches to a more soothing classical music.

From environmental sensors outside and maybe even worn within your clothing itself, it knows it was snowing earlier, so the climate control begins to crank up the heat in anticipation as your walk through the door.

Now on the software side we're talking about algorithms that are so sophisticated, they may be able to predict what you want before you know you even wanted it. So when you walk to the refrigerator, it tells you not only what's in there, it tells you what you can make with the stuff you already have. And it's already telling you what's inside and what's the perfect meal based upon your mood, your activity level and maybe even your weight loss plan for some of us.

This is more than philosophy. It's more than technology. It's altering reality as we know it. And it's all regulated by the Internet of Things which is a topic that engenders excitement, skepticism, and anxiety. Regardless of where you refer to or whom you talk to, everybody agrees that the IoT is the next big “thing”. This excitement for IoT is due to ever shrinking hardware, omnipresent connectivity and ever increasing number of IoT use cases.

Mr. N. Chandrashekaran , Chairman, Tata Group puts it very aptly as

“The Internet of Things will transform every industry, company and society”.

TCS’ EngiNX 5.0 is conceived to bring the best out of college grads to innovate for this highly evolved world using multi-disciplinary solutions. This year EngiNX is challenging you to identify use cases and provide engineering solution to a real world problem by connecting the ‘Sensors to the Software’ and enable efficient decisions through Engineering Algorithms to the end user.

In the past four editions of TCS EngiNx we have been seeing very promising innovations that solve real world problems and all of them have brought the best innovations that help humanity leveraging the best in latest technologies.

If you have the right use cases with solutions, we will help you build it.  Are You Ready???