"Internet of Things" lab in Haifa.
(photo credit: YOAV DIKSTEIN)
Intel has opened a dedicated lab to focus on the “Internet of Things” (IoT) in Haifa, which is to focus on smart cities, smart homes, smart agriculture and smart transportation.
IoT refers to the connectedness in everyday devices, and is largely considered among “the next big things” in the hi-tech world (the term is frequently used alongside other buzzwords such as Big Data Analytics and Cloud Computing).
Small, inexpensive, low-power chips in everyday objects can connect them with a central computer or mobile device to monitor and control them. Sensors can gather data to ensure the various objects work efficiently and in unison.
There are already a variety of IoT-oriented products on the market such as Nest, a connected thermostat, as well as door locking mechanisms, blinds and windows.
“There are hundreds of IoT companies and start-ups in Israel. We believe the growth potential of the IoT market in Israel is huge and untapped and look forward to working with relevant local companies and partners to help make the world a smarter place,” said Guy Bar- Ner, Intel Israel’s director of sales and marketing.
The Haifa lab is to be the fifth “IoT Ignition Lab” Intel has established in Europe and the Middle East, the others being in the UK, Stockholm, Munich and Istanbul.
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