The place of connected objects in the 21st century society
Connected object, simple gimmick or real interest ?
Sensors which collect environmental data, watches which provide a physiological monitoring, glasses which prevent drowsy driving and other Hightech objects endless …. These everyday objects, which become intelligent, still have a bright future ahead of them!
Connected objects are today an integral part of our daily lives and invest all areas of our society. But what are they exactly? What are they for ? What impact can bring connected objects on our lives?
According to the Mercator, a connected object is an “object that captures, stocks, treats and transmits data, which can receive and give instructions and which has the ability to connect to the network. This network is called the Internet of Things (IoT). We can distinguish wearable, mobile, domestic or leisure objects, infrastructure or productivity. ” These “smart” objects collect physical, physiological and environmental datas with the aim of improving our safety, our health, our well-being and in a general way our daily life. In 10 years, 15 billion connected objects power the Internet of Things around the world. Forecasts for 2020? More than 80 billion connected objects! In other words, you will not escape. However, it is defensible to ask how the development of connected objects finds its place in our modern society.
For many specialists, connected objects can be the answer to the ills of the 21st century …
Digital as a spearhead of societal transition
In the digital era, where new technologies take part of the economical and environmental landscape, the questioning of the population’s acceptability about connected objects is an incontestable contempory issue.
Citizens represent the heart of a territory. While it seems logical to think that is Human who makes his environment, it is nonetheless that since the first industrial revolution, advancements as well as technological products are today an integral part of our living environment. Indeed, the new technologies and connected objects appearence gradually beginning to change our daily life of the population, as was the case during the previous decades. It is certain that the use of these new technologies influences the living space and consequently our environment.
There is therefore a wish to reconsider things, because Populations became aware for years that by their technological creations and their ways of life, they deteriore and degrade a set of common goods, sometimes non-renewable.
An economic challenge based on the BigData and the Human-Machine Interface
For some years now, Internet has become a commonplace and 80% of French people are connected to it every day. A new interactivity is created between Human and Machine, giving the possibility to receive and transmit an incredible set of information thanks to our smartphones, tablets and computers. All of this is continually connected to the Cloud, this “cloud” of data feeding the Internet of Things.
It is thanks to the explosion of these supports that many projects are born, answering to a lot of modern needs: the connected glasses which make it possible to ensure the safety of their carriers, the connected bracelets and watches bringing a daily follow-up for health purposes, the smart home that improves comfort and optimizes energy consumption … and many more, too many to list them fully, which will allow the digital transition of our society, to respond adequately to each and every need of an increasingly demanding population.
In sum, by means of connected objects, sensors and massive data sharing, we can now rethink, improve and optimize the way we live.
Connected objets serving Population
An interest is perceived when it is linked to a given context at time T. In a service society, constantly connected and in perpetual research for a better quality of life, the interest of connected objects, and thus the very basis of its acceptability, finds its source in the actual needs of the population.
What are the first expectations for connected objects?
The main contributions sought by individuals relate to the areas of smart mobility, connected health, security, participatory governance and improving the quality of life. This research is part of a societal trend peculiar to the 21st century; Mobility needs are inherent in world population growth. Our company also strives to find solutions to promote a responsible and sustainable economy, by creating a living environment promoting respect for the environment, health, safety and well-being of everyone; but also where the word would be given back to the population thanks to the new digital platforms.
Finally, the territory connected by smart objects is an interactive territory, digital, respectful of the environment and in the hands of citizens. It is thanks to the synergy of initiatives using connected objects, that the entire territory can become connected and intelligent with a view to sustainability and resilience.