EMC and Vodafone will work together in order to develop a platform for the Internet of Things. Initially the Infinite platform will have a 2 million EURO’s budged.
The Internet of Things is a networking scenario in which objects are interconnected. Through the use of wireless connectivity IoT allows cloud computing and service management among other services.
Basically it is a network that will interconnect every piece of hardware and software available on the planet, including items in your house like refrigerators and automatic cleaners.
DR Orna Berry, corporate vice president innovation, EMC Centers of Excellence said that: “EMC Federation is leading an industrial partnership encompassing rich data and Internet of Things. The digital age’s IT transformation – cloud, big data, social, mobile and Internet of Things, is continuously and increasingly changing the way we live and work,”
The first site chosen for the development of the Infinite platform is Ireland. The platform will be spread across three data centers. Vodafone, EMC will also partner up with and Cork Internet eXchange (CIX) .
CIX is the connectivity center for both inbound and outbound IP traffic in the Munster region.
Intel has also announced it has selected Ireland as the most recent location for its IoT Innovation and Development Laboratory.
Intel plans to study and develop IoT services in energy and utilities along with smart-city and smart-agriculture planning.
Vodafone and the EMC Federation along with their partners want to develop improvements in fields like the Healthcare system by using IoT services by using mobile networks and virtual systems connections.
Ireland is also home to the E.U. headquarters of Facebook, among many other internet companies and startup projects. Many corporations choose Ireland for its low Tax Rate of only 12.5 percent.
This might all change if the E.U. will finalize its plans for a minimum corporate tax cut.
Ireland also has some of the most relaxed laws regarding privacy and this is very enticing for companies who are at risk of unknowingly breaking privacy policies.
Cloud computing which is one of the strong points of IoT, can sometimes lead to the gathering of data without consent. That means that sometimes computer software can register voice patterns or other private information automatically.
IoT might encounter such problems but it is expected that policies will be made in such a way that any customer buying “smart” utensils will have to automatically agree on purchase to certain privacy braches.
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