In the 1990’s, the internet was mainly used for access to basic content in which surfers could access websites of their choice to source information and entertainment. This is referred to as the Internet of Content of IOC. In the mid 2000’s, innovations by several companies brought about what is now referred to as the Internet of People or IOP. Popular platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, which are commonly referred to as social media, spurned a new era in which people could connect, collaborate, and socialize on the internet flawlessly with the use of Internet of Things platforms. As of this writing, there are over a billion people around the world using Internet of People platforms.
We are now in an age in which the internet has spawned another innovation era referred to as the Internet of Things or IOT. The Internet of Things allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across network infrastructure. A growing number of physical objects are being connected to the Internet at an unprecedented rate realizing the idea of the Internet of Things (IoT). A basic example of such objects includes thermostats and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) monitoring and control systems that enable smart homes.
There are also other domains and environments in which the IoT can play a remarkable role and improve the quality of our lives. These applications include transportation, healthcare, industrial automation, and emergency response to natural and man-made disasters where human decision making is difficult. The IoT enables physical objects to see, hear, think and perform actions by having them “talk” together, to share information and to coordinate decisions. IoT transforms these objects from being traditional to smart by exploiting its underlying technologies such as ubiquitous and pervasive computing, embedded devices, communication technologies, sensor networks, Internet protocols and applications. Gartner, a leading IT consulting group, estimates that over 20 billion devices, excluding smart phones and computers, will be connected to the internet by the year 2020.
The Matrix Blackbox, which has been conceptualized, originated and assembled in Kenya, is an advanced revolutionary internet of things microchip that doubles as a GPS tracker for assets. It is designed specifically for tracking assets such as laptops, tablets, fusion splicers, Smart TVs, gaming consoles, motorbikes, vehicles, luggage and so much more. Items tracked can be viewed on an online portal or simply by texting the embedded matrix blackbox device to ascertain the exact location of an asset. The future of the Matrix Blackbox will consist of an IoT platform in which applications for various verticals such as healthcare, transport, smart homes, and so forth, will be developed.