Posted on 4th March 2015 by Chris Thornton
According to one well-known techno-geek, the world is on the brink of a “new industrial revolution” a huge transformative development. A way of boosting productivity, a way of keeping us healthier, making transport more efficient, reducing energy needs and tackling climate change, the world is now on Fast Forward”
What could have got David Cameron so excited, so enthusiastic (and so verbose) about this impending and sweeping change? Why the Internet of Things of course! Yes that wonderful catch all term stylised as the “IoT” that we’ve all been hearing so much about lately. But before we all merrily become part of this change are we all clear on what this really means?
The Internet of Things is a pretty simple concept. It’s just the idea that objects, products, machines and more should include internet technology so that they can communicate and be communicated with, like a computer can. The things we’re referring to can be anywhere, outside or in. But one of the most commonly described areas of the Internet of Things is the Connected Home, which is where it’s supposed to get particularly interesting for people in general.
As our digital lives become more prominent and our buying and socialising habits continue to migrate online it was only natural that our homes would follow suit. So the Connected Home – describes the use of internet enabled technology to take an everyday household object- like a fridge, a lock or a boiler – and allow it to send or receive data from other enabled devices. Perhaps more importantly, enabling a product like this often allows it to be controlled remotely.
A great example of this would be your home heating. Let’s say an autumn day started off warm and ended up cold so you didn’t set your heating to come on. Before you leave the office, you can turn it on remotely with an app on your phone. Your central heating could even communicate with your car’s GPS. As soon as you are a certain distance away the heating could kick in. So you come into a lovely warm house with minimum effort and efficient energy use.
If you look at this example then, for me, neither the Internet of Things nor the Connected Home really capture the benefits of this technological revolution for people. It’s really all about control and efficiency. Who cares that their central heating is connected or that their things have the internet? What I care about is the fact this connectivity gives me control and makes a part of my life more efficient.
That’s what we’re all about at Flow. We want our customers to have better control of their energy by allowing them to generate their own through the unique, electricity-generating Flow boiler. Our clever boiler is designed to heat your home and water while generating low carbon electricity at the same time. Which, as soon as you’ve taken the plunge and filled your home full of smart devices, you can use to power your own connected home. Or which you can use right now to power your good old, disconnected kettle.
Mr Cameron is right. The IoT will bring about huge change and the best part about this is we won’t even have to leave our homes to see it.
So if you feel like being part of the future now register your interest and see if you’re suitable for a Flow boiler here