It’s safe to say that technology is now a fully integrated part of everyday life, with many people relying on it to work andhelp make their lives run seamlessly. The rising trend of the Internet of Things (IoT) is beginning to seep into basic every day objects and tasks, from tech infused clothing to self-flushing toilets. Cisco predicts that by 2020 there will be 50 billion devices connected to the internet and this vast number of connected devices means the only limitation left will be in our own imagination.
Exactly as described, the Internet of Things, affects all sectors and industries such as banking, food, finance, healthcare, retail and even cities. Yes that’s right – cities, such as the great city of London, are becoming smarter and ultimately more connected, allowing visitors and inhabitants to live and explore the city more efficiently.
Barcelona is a great example of a city which isnow more connected than ever, embracing the Internet of Things and becoming a Smart City. Barcelona has implemented in-ground parking sensors which communicate with devices in cars to guide you directly to a space in addition to smart street lights and many more connected things.
London is keen to become one of the world’s most digital cities and it’s not far off. Recently, Boris Johnson, London’s mayor, announced a £400,000 grant for the tech and media sectors over the next 15 months. What’s more, the majority of UK phone network providers offer Wi-Fi on the London Underground and last year Transport for London trialled free Wi-Fi on the iconic red buses.
With a record 16 million visitors in 2013, it’s safe to say London is a popular city for travellers and it’s not hard to see why. There is no doubt that the Internet of Things will make your journey to your destination easier and also eliminate the worry of whether you’ve left the iron on at home or fed the cat. Smart sensors and connected home devices will look after your home for you.
The leisure and hospitality industry isalso part of the IoT movement and we are already seeing cafes run by robots in China and department stores tracking our eye movements. But what does this mean for the hospitality industry and the guest experience?
There are many IoT benefits the hotel industry can implement which will revolutionise the sector. For example, by having a network of sensors throughout a hotel, staff can look to make real time decisions on things such as guest satisfaction, hotel ambience, faster check-in and environmental issues such as waste reduction.
With all of these benefits, the growing trend for connected cities and buildings is seen by many as a positive move, especially for the nearby Silicon Roundabout scene. The symbolic architecture at M by Montcalm aims to inspire and the lobby is not to be seen as simply a social space for guests, but a place for innovators to meet and work. We’re excited by the changing times and can’t wait to be a part of it!