By Kelly Gerrish
Working in technology, we all know about the Internet of Things. But here are five demos you probably didn’t know existed, all inside Cisco’s IoE Showcase Room at its headquarters in San Jose.
The lego city of the future
This prototype of a connected city uses Lego bricks and Cisco equipment to home in on the idea of Smart Cities, where everything is connected. The Lego city is being used to test a possible connected supply-and-demand-chain solution that includes a train set running around the periphery.
The future petrol station
Cisco developers are working on improving the customer experience at the pump. The demo uses radio-frequency identification sensors with customer face recognition to test new ways to improve the petrol pumping and payment experience, potentially boosting revenue by 30 percent.
The shopper’s roadmap
This prototype, on the radar of a number of large retailers, looks at a shopper’s journey, including where they stop, what items they put into their cart and how long the shopping trip takes. This type of data can give retailers valuable insights on where to place a specific item they want customers to see.
This mocked up supermarket shelf uses Cisco technology to gather data that helps managers to determine how much stock is needed. The technology can also be used to allocate staff during peak shopping periods.
Workplace training could soon take place using virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. Cisco believes it will move away from just recreation and into the corporate world, providing employee training and other scenarios. Cisco is looking into the possibility of integrating the headset with Cisco equipment.