Building a More Connected Texas, Together
I have been very fortunate to build my career in such a dynamic and impactful industry. Currently, the world is caught up in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a portion of which is known as the Internet of Things (IoT). For the first time, industries outside of manufacturing and engineering are able to collect, transmit, analyze, and store massive amounts of data across a multitude of markets, dramatically transforming the world as we know it. Despite its global impact, the IoT is easily muddled with marketing buzz and confusion in terms of its origins and relevance, but let me tell you—it is so much more.
The value of the IoT is not measured in just profits, but in elevating our overall quality of life. From connected health solutions to smart metering projects with energy and water utilities, to improved traffic systems, to build more efficient buildings, improved agricultural production and management, the generation of new jobs; the IoT has innumerable benefits.
But accessing those benefits can be challenging as there is a knowledge gap within the industry and without. Bob Metcalfe said it best at this year’s Smart Cities Innovation Summit in Austin, that in order to maximize these opportunities and benefits we need to think outside of the box and endure a massive cultural shift. But in order to do that, we need to better explain what deploying IoT solutions entails, how best to approach them, and why it’s necessary. And that’s what the Smart Texas Alliance aims to do.
Recognizing that Texas is the perfect “Smart State” was easy. In terms of geographic range and type, the wide variations in weather and temperature, the fact that it is home to three of the largest cities in the U.S., and it has it’s own energy grid. Texas also has legacy industries with global reach, including Agriculture, Oil & Gas, Cyber Security and Defense, Shipping, Medical, etc. and more, making it a prime contender for IoT.
Unifying these projects, however, is a different story. Currently, there are innumerable IoT projects and initiatives across the state. Each city has it’s own programs, businesses within those cities are moving forward with their own agenda, and the city and state governments are also operating on their own time table with a handful of partner projects. But it isn’t enough.
The world is moving in this direction; it can be harrowing at times to be swept up within a revolution, but the good news is, we aren’t alone.
Let’s build a more connected Texas, together.
Founder & CEO
Smart Texas Alliance