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Flight Attendants and the Internet of Things: Prepare for Landing

Posted by Mark A. O'Connell | Author Info

Oct 20, 2014 9:00:00 AM

In an earlier post, I talked about the Internet of Things and how this will transform both the storage industry and our use of storage. In this blog, I'll explore some possible ramifications of the Internet of Things in a real world setting, see how the Internet of Things will drive new storage requirements, and will demand new forms of storage. For this example, I'll take the case of an airport as well as the passenger’s experience at an airport - examined from the perspective of the passenger, the airlines, and the stores found in the airport.

To start, imagine the passenger experience at an airport. If I were the passenger, what would I want to know about as I land?  For my itinerary, I want to know the gate where my connecting flight leaves, how long it will take me to get there, and the best route to take to get to this gate. Most likely, I’ll want to know where the nearest restroom is en route to my next gate. Depending on how long I have between connections and the time of day, I may want to know where I can get a cup of coffee, a beer, a meal, a magazine or book, or where the nearest airline lounge is located. If I were at the end of my flight, I would want to know where the rental car desk is located (if I have rented a car), otherwise I'd want to know where the nearest taxi stand is along with the projected wait for a taxi.

For the airline, what would they want to know?  As an immediate need (for a particular flight), how far away are the passengers who need to board - and how many more passengers will be able to board if they hold the flight for five or ten minutes? For deplaning passengers, which ones have tight connections and can they be allowed to exit first? How many carts should be at the gate to transport passengers? For long term needs, how can the assignment of flights to gates be optimized based on connection time, number of passengers making the connection, and the like?

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Topics: Big Data, Internet of Things, storage management

The Rise of the "Internet of Things"

Posted by Mark A. O'Connell | Author Info

Jun 23, 2014 9:15:04 AM

As we continue to rethink storage and its changing role in the industry, it is also valuable to examine the changing trends in the industry to predict how the role and use of storage will need to change in response to the industry. Storage system architecture and design cannot remain static in the face of changes surrounding it, rather, it must adapt to meet the new use cases and traffic patterns.


One such emerging trend which will dramatically impact storage architecture is the rise of the "Internet of Things", or IoT. What is the IoT? Simply put, the IoT refers to a world where all manner of everyday items have a capability to monitor themselves and to communicate their status via external networks (see Gartner definition). What kinds of items would do this?

a. Smart devices. We have seen already a growing level of function and intelligence in consumer technology in the form of tablets, phones, e-readers, and the like, with connected watches and glasses not far away. These devices achieve their maximum value when internet connected and serve as a two-way, personalized portal for the user.
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Topics: Internet of Things