Recap: whats next IoT and beyond, it all stays in the realm of speculations


Last Tuesday two experts in the field of IoT took the stage of our very own IT Dev Café. Marco Roodzant took us through the current stage of IoT and its challenges, and he lifted the veil a little on the future. Mark Vels is the chief product officer on a product that already exists on the IoT spectrum: the KiGo, a watch that can help you to find your child.

IoT current stage

Ir. Marco Roodzant works at the Dutch company ACE. He has had positions ranging from software engineer to vp marketing & sales. He has been actively involved in many aspects of the development and worldwide proliferation of system software. He sees the possibilities with IoT, but he has his reservations on the current technology. One of the biggest problems with the current IoT products lies in security. There have been numerous examples of security issues the software: hacking a talking Barbie and even Google’s own Nest are apparently child’s play. Innocent products for now, but it does show that we need to tread into this field with caution. The solution for these security issues might lie in standardization and regulation of the languages.

IoT and the future, what is next?

So back to the question what’s next? When looking at the Gardner hype cycle the IoT is still rising in popularity. This means that the hype train will speed up quite a bit before the inevitable crash. After the hype is over good software will emerge. Only then we will see in which form the IoT is here to stay. But as the IoT is right in the middle of “inflated expectations” that might not be a satisfactory answer…

The speed in which the IoT will develop all depends on one thing: the cost of chips. The cheaper a chip is, the easier you can implement it in everyday products. If chips become €0,30 tomorrow, the smart milk carton is only days away. But it’s hard to predict how fast this technology will develop. But when you look beyond this issue, the possibilities are endless. We’ve all heard the buzz around self-stocking fridges, self-driving cars and so on. Those technological developments might be closer than we think…

IoT now: KiGo, the child finder

KiGo’s creator, Erik Recter, came up with this product because of something that happened in his own family. His niece was lost in the mountains and there was no way to track her. A real life nightmare. So he decided to create a product to help in these situations. Mark Vels is the chief product officer and was willing to take us through the various development stages of this product.

The watch itself is a standalone product that communicates through a smartphone app. The watch lets parents see where their child is, the child can send an emergency message and the parent can send messages to the watch too. All of this is done through icons so the watch can be used by children of all ages. With the sim on chip the KiGo uses the same network as your mobile phone. Locating happens through GSM(2G/3G), GPS and wifi services to ensure the best coverage possible with the hardware they have. Hardware was one of the biggest challenges for the product. Because it’s a product for children everything must be small, lightweight and sturdy. Oh, and preferably affordable too! It was very interesting to hear about the decisions they made in the process of getting the KiGo from an idea to the actual product.

An inspiring evening

With a peek into the future and a real business case in terms of IoT this was another successful IT Dev Café. The pizza and beers tasted great and after the presentations there was a lively discussion amongst developers. One of the highlights of the evening was the discussion of the KiGo’s hardware and how it could be improved.

Next meetup:

Next week we will announce the topic of the next IT Dev Café. The only thing for sure now? We will have inspiring experts, free pizza and ice cold beers. Sign up to our meetup group here to be kept in the loop! If you have any suggestions for future topics or remarks on the night, please let us know! We would love to hear from you at marketing@spilberg.nl.