IBM introduces MessageSight for enhanced data analysis
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IBM introduces MessageSight for enhanced data analysis

The more technology advances, the more data is generated. Today, people around the world use mobile devices and the Internet to connect with others and access information, and many everyday objects are even linked up to advanced systems. However, none of that data matters if there's no way for businesses to harness it into results. Fortunately, IT firms are doing their part to ensure businesses are able to tap into these resources.

IBM recently announced that it has developed a new technology while working on its Smarter Planet initiative. IBM MessageSight is an advanced tool that organizations can use to manage and communicate with the sensors and mobile devices found in a diversity of locations, including vehicles, buildings and home appliances.

MessageSight is built on Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) technology and allows businesses to process a large amount of information and actions in real time. It collects all of the data gained into one central hub so that IT leaders can make more informed decisions. IBM noted that the system is able to support 1 million sensors and smart devices at once, in addition to being scalable to manage 13 million messages per second.

The technology giant noted that because MessageSight will be able to handle such a large amount of information simultaneously, it may be best used in sectors such as finance, government and healthcare. Additionally, the automotive industry may find this innovation especially useful, as it could be deployed to help drivers better service their cars. For instance, vehicles' systems may be able to independently notify dealers or mechanics of engine problems, allowing professionals to alert the owner of the problem.

"To realize the vision of a Smarter Planet, we must first enable the universe of instrumented sensors, devices and machines to communicate more efficiently while sharing, managing and integrating large volumes of data at a rate much faster than ever before," said Bob Johnson, director of development for Sprint's Velocity Program. "We have been testing IBM MessageSight for some initial projects and are excited about the capabilities that it could help us deliver to the vehicle and beyond."

MessageSight may be especially important in the coming years because of the explosion in connected devices that is slated to occur. IMS Research estimated that by 2020, there will be 22 billion networked objects worldwide. The firm explained that the first wave of connectivity mainly consisted of gadgets such as laptops and PCs, but increasingly, a second coming is taking hold. In this new phase, cell phones, tablets, cameras and more are going online.

As sensors become inextricably tied to everyday life, the tools to make sense of potential insights gained from their existences will have to be available. If companies don't have access to the technologies necessary to effectively leverage the information available to them, they are likely to fall behind the competition.