3 'Internet of Things' lessons learned from triathlete training gear

By Nicholas D. Evans Networking, insider, internet of things

As emerging technologies evolve they often find an initial niche in highly specialized scenarios, or in specific industry verticals, before expanding to wider areas of applicability. Within these initial niches, the early adopters can be anything from digital enthusiasts to fashionistas, or they can be folks simply using the technology because it serves a specific need extremely well.

As evidenced by the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, there’s an amazing amount of innovation and experimentation going on right now related to wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT). Gartner estimates that the installed base of the IoT will grow to 26 billion units by 2020, which excludes PCs, tablets and smartphones.

In terms of wearables, it will be interesting to see which technologies, brands and products -- wearable fabrics, glasses and watches -- really catch on in both the consumer and enterprise marketplaces, how these are integrated into a variety of IoT ecosystems, and what new, digitally transformed, business models and processes gain the most traction.

Here are some things I’ve observed from my wearable / IoT ecosystem and the three big lessons I think will apply to enterprise IT.

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