With Apple surging ahead with iBeacon and now introducing HomeKit and HealthKit, they're moving full steam ahead into the "Internet of Things" (IoT) era. With your future iPhones and other devices being able to send information automatically to your doctor, the internet is going to need a boost to handle that added traffic. It was revealed today that Apple's iDevice partner KT (formerly Korea Telecom) that first introduced the iPhone to South Korean market is working on a major project supporting the Internet of Things called GiGAtopia.
With Apple's telecom partners KT, China and Telecom Italia now in discussions to coordinate plans to develop superfast gigabit technologies for the Internet of Things era, it's something to keep our eye on as this is likely a development that will find its way to North American in the coming year.
KT chief executive Hwang Chang-gyu stated during the global Internet of Things event held today in Shanghai, that "In order to vitalize the Internet of Things and realize GiGAtopia, an industry consensus should be reached first before standardizing the IoT technology, and establishing an IoT hub for data sharing."
There have been limits to spurring IoT technology as different types of sensors embedded in a wide range of devices blocked and slowed data-sharing in part due to a lack of technological standardization.
The IoT industry is expected to grow into a US$18.7 billion market over the next decade, according to KT's research arm DigiEco. With the envisioned hub, Hwang said device makers, software developers and mobile services providers can create an ecosystem in which they can freely share data.
Considering that China Mobile is going to play a gigantic roll in Apple's future, we can be sure that Apple will be working with all of their partners on GiGAtopia or a similar hub in the coming months and years ahead. Knowing Apple, such details of any future plan are likely to remain secretive.