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Sztipanovits builds on ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Industrial Internet’ for the next tech revolution

by Aug. 18, 2015, 11:21 AM

Americans are well accustomed to the sight of Fitbit-adorned wrists, their wearers marching in place so that their smartphones can reward them with a celebratory message about hitting a step goal. That’s the Internet of Things.

And we’re starting to hear about intersections where the light changes to accommodate an approaching ambulance, or smart dryers turn on when electricity is inexpensive. That’s the Industrial Internet.

Both of those are precursors of the next technology revolution, the thing Janos Sztipanovits, director of Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems, and his colleagues are working on. The idea is for extending the use of the internet to create a deeply connected world where humans, their machines and the physical environment interact seamlessly, continuously and without mistakes and breakdowns that could lead to safety issues.


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