What is The Internet of People?

From The Internet of Things to The Internet of People

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IoT Data and machines

The Internet of Things, commonly shortened in IoT, is a system of interrelated computing devices with the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

While the IoT concept successfully managed to connect an impressive number of devices to the web, the main focus of this technology has become the fix of connectivity-related issues: multiple solutions have been developed in order to reduce power consumption and hardware cost while providing a cost-effective communication network.

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The Internet of People: The Next Step After IOT?

The Internet of People is an even more advanced concept, the next stage of evolution for IoT. From its perspective, the focus is shifting from the sensors to the fusion layer where the data from the large sensors’ population are grouped in order to generate relevant, usable information.

Such a synthesis is done using new sets of technologies based on machine learning and artificial intelligence. They allow the processing of data from a huge number of heterogeneous sensors and the creation of situation awareness picture focused on people rather than on the informative outcome of the sensors.

The key challenge of the Internet of the People is the protection of the user’s privacy. While technically we can imagine a world where humans are being constantly tracked using multiple biometric identifiers, the potential for abuse of such a technology is too high compared to the potential benefit for citizens.

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Data Privacy In the People’s Hands

In our vision of the Internet of the People, machines are capable of tracking people, however, keys for identification are given to the citizens themselves, and they only can decide if and when they want to be identified.

The Internet of the People is still a vision; at DFRC we are working to make this vision a reality.

Our system is currently deployed in 30 cities in Korea and 59 cities around the world

Highlights

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Unique Visitors Detected in Seoul
2,264,852
Unique Visitors Detected in Osan
802,513
Unique Visitors Detected in Daegu

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