A new organization aims to make Alberta a global centre of excellence for the Internet of Things, a phrase that refers to the millions of physical objects — from lightbulbs and home appliances to cars and industrial devices — that are now connected to the internet.
The organization, called Alberta IoT, has 30 member companies, all of which are working on Internet of Things technology.
Mark Scantlebury, the organization’s chair, said Alberta is well-positioned to capitalize on recent growth in this sector.
“Alberta finds itself in a unique position because of the people we have from a once-thriving telecommunications industry, and a strong industrial sector driven by oil and gas,” said Scantlebury, who is also president and CEO of Calgary-based Extreme Telematics Corp., an industrial automation company that is about to unveil a new Internet of Things platform
“With advancements in complementary technologies, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain and 5G wireless, the possibilities are endless.”