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Acer says it is now about the Internet of Beings (IoB)

Acer has identified the fields of connected car, smart home, business, and education as key applications of the IoB (Internet of Beings) concept, a human-centric network based on a collective of intelligence.

Acer,  better known as a Taiwanese computer maker used the Mobile World Congress to showcase its latest BYOC (Build Your Own Cloud) to support the IoB.

Connected Car: Secure Software Updates Over-the-Air

With partner ATS (Advanced Telematic Systems), Acer announced OTA+, an open-standards based solution facilitating over-the-air updates for connected vehicles. For connected cars, OTA updates are rapidly becoming a mandatory feature, whether for critical bug fixes, scheduled updates, or new service offerings.

The BYOC-empowered OTA+ solution is a complete suite for data transfer, data management, secure transmission, validation, and deployment of software updates remotely to a fleet of vehicles, while optimized for speed, security, and scalability. Developed in cooperation with GENIVI, an alliance of leading automotive OEMs and suppliers, the open standards based solution can be integrated easily and efficiently with existing or new software platforms.

Also on show at MWC was a solution that enables remote monitoring of vehicles through the cloud, and a solution that can monitor the driver’s fatigue level through a brainwave sensor headset.

Business: Digital Signage, VR/AR-Enhanced Retail, and Unified Communications

Acer is displaying a total solution for digital signage, integrating hardware, software, and services enabled by the BYOC platform. Not only can the solution passively display multimedia content through LFDs (Large Format Displays), but also dynamically show situation-aware information via an array of sensors. Through big data analytics, the data collected can show the flow of customers and hot spots in retail environments, customer characteristics, demographics, and products that grab the most attention, helping effectively plan marketing activities and evaluate the return-on-investment of campaigns.

BYOC alliance partner, iStaging, is demoing a solution that leverages VR (virtual reality) technology to allow real estate agents show properties, and AR (augmented reality) technology to let home furnishers preview how furniture will look in their house.

Also on display is Acer’s IP-based unified communications solution for enterprises, abPBX plus, which integrates traditional office telephony systems and desk phones with tablet PCs, smartphones, and other mobile devices to provide businesses with a global communication network.

Education: IoT Education Kit and Brainwave Analysis Applications

Acer CloudProfessor is the company’s first IoT (Internet of Things) education kit designed for people of all ages and technical backgrounds, providing learners with plug-and-play hardware and software out of the box, as well as tutorials and starter modules to learn about IoT development. The design offers flexibility of choice in regards to programming language, allowing users to start learning to code directly on their smartphones.

At Acer’s booth, BYOC alliance partner Alchemy is showcasing new applications of brainwave analysis. After the brainwave sensor headset is paired to a smartphone, an app can analyse learning, emotional, stress, and focus levels through unique algorithms and big data analysis. On the showground was a remote control car that can be controlled through brainwave manipulation.

Smart Home: Home Security, Health Monitoring, and Remote Diagnostics

Acer integrated technology from its BYOC alliance partners to display multiple smart home scenarios enabled by its aBeing One hub, including: home security through facial recognition technology and IP cameras from Ambarella, health monitoring with devices from Omron and Medisanté, and remote diagnostics empowered by the Kubi telepresence robot from Revolve Robotics.

Comment

The move from the IoT vernacular to IoB may be even more prophetic than we think. After all the IoT largely monitors and controls the environment for us - beings.

The term Bring Your Own Cloud may also portend the future where we all have one personal cloud – not several as is usually the case now - mail, photos, social media, documents, music, videos, granular data and more. Consolidation of your personal data from many clouds will give you control over it. All PII (personally identifiable data remains yours.

It is nice to see the world’s number four hardware maker looking ahead to develop BYOC solutions to bring together the IoT and IoB to enhance our lives. Although I wonder how it will fare against the might of Google, Apple or Microsoft that probably feel they are the leaders here.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!