Future Internet and Social Networking

The ubiquity of the Internet and the popularity of social networks are providing organizations in every sector with access to user activity information, opinions, sentiments, likes and dislikes. The amount of information can only be expected to grow in the coming years.

Many data providers, who have stored vast amounts of interesting data, struggle with the problem of finding ideas for creating novel services using their data, identifying what makes their data relevant for potential consumers, and deploying solutions for rapid integration of data for loosely defined services. On the other hand, Internet web technologies have disrupted most the business processes by bringing more and more data into the fray. New media is giving the power of speech to every user, and the ease with which these uses can now blog-tweet-text is creating huge amounts of new content that hides interesting knowledge. But this data is not only being generated by humans, Machine to Machine, sensors to computers communication is increasing in importance, some studies estimate that 40% of all data traffic will be from Machine to Machine communication with more than 50 Billon devices connected by 2020.

One possible direction for dealing with this vast volume of data from a hardware perspective might be to add more intelligence and storage to the edge end of the cloud, in order to have the capability to offload from the devices some of the computations, also decreasing the latency for real-time applications. For example, in the area of real-time mobile applications, Nokia’s cutting edge “augmented reality” application, City Lens already takes advantage of this unconventional model, which relies on the increased computational hardware capabilities of future routers at the cloud edge.  This saves time by computing relatively locally, meaning closer to the mobile device that has originated the query.