In the fast evolving technology world, ”Smart” has come to mean many things, we have smart phones, fridges, washing machines and even cars. Yet smart, even across this spectrum of devices, has a very ambiguous application. There is a danger that smart becomes just another label to be ignored by technologists and over-used by marketing folks.
The Configured Things view of smart
So, what does smart infrastructure really look like, how do smart stadia and other smart spaces or services function differently from their non-smart cousins? To Configured Things, smart means cyber-physical systems that sense and react to their situation across all domains, social, physical, virtual and IT with respect to a policy defined by their collective owners.
In the Configured Things world, spaces and business applications and services would self-optimise their IT consumption, only provisioning the services as and when they are needed, from digital signage and service-side on-demand IPTV to IoT-data acquisition, analytical pipelines and the visualisation of results, necessary for cyber defence.
Trust is the key
Configured Things specialise in empowering the building of trust into systems. In a world that provides cyber-physical orchestration, AI-enabled organisations will thrive by having physical systems and their back ends that are pre-deployed based on prediction and allow organisational trust relationships to be honoured, providing for network slicing that delivers dynamically well configured slices from cloud to endpoint.
In the defence and security sector, imagine when it is possible for a commander or security operations manager to have full situational awareness of the evolving threat. Displays that can adapt to focus on critical information and intelligence as signals are received, processed, triaged and prioritised. Imagine the cost savings if this intelligent system only existed during the live mission or incident, systems rapidly deployed and tore down as necessary. In this environment global teams are empowered as they can freely query datasets outside of their geography as the system interprets each query with respect to the regulatory policy and renders results that are shielded by pseudaonymisation automatically.
Currently, there is much cost to the isolated physical and virtual worlds, advertisers spend great cost on audits of their chosen venues to quantify whether ads are shown at the correct time and to what given audience. Imagine the pricing benefits if these were integrated, an audience could be measured in trustworthy multi-modal fashion based on anonymised WiFi patterns, carbon dioxide and infrared emission. Trustworthy ads placements data can be automatically recorded and robustly defended due to strong configuration assertions, whilst current draw and pixels measured on display screens is used to verify proof of play.
Actually, it is Configuration management Jim, but not as we’ve know it…
To Configured Things, trusted, reliable and pervasive configuration management, that does not just stop at IT systems, but transcends organisational trust challenges through the command and control of disaggregated systems, is the core enabling technology to empowering the future for how the world should work. A trusted, configurable world, can be a smart world.
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