Some Advancements in the Watson IoT Segment and its applications

Internet of Things (IoT) has come a long way from being just a bunch of devices connected to the internet to be a revolution in the industry. The industry has been modernized to being called Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is all about connected devices communicating and automating simple mundane tasks. As a forefront in the technology space for over four decades, IBM is the front runner in this phase of the industry with the advent of IBM Watson, the next generation super computer.

Japanese multinational conglomerate Honda has been using IBM’s Watson for all of their R&D to collect insights of driving patterns of millions of drivers using numerous sensors over a period of time. Analyzing this vast amount of data which usually took months was done in a matter of just ten minutes by switching over to IBM’s Watson. Chief Engineer, Honda – Mr. Kyoka Nakagawa was quoted saying “IBM Analytics helps us explore big data and ultimately design better, smarter, safer automobiles.”

One of Watson’s biggest deployment has been in China where a subset of Internet of Things dubbed the Internet of Vehicles was created. After a Chinese government mandate in 2011 to monitor all the trucks in China, TransWiseway Information Technology Co. Ltd. was given the responsibility to come up with a solution. Seeing the vast amount of complexity, the company turned towards IBM who were back then developing Watson for in-house needs. IBM built the solution which not only tracks over 10 million assets in real time but also stores the huge amount of data generated every minute. The data is also analyzed by Watson’s analytical module for instantaneous reports.

Watson, powered by over 90 servers, churning together at a rate of 80 teraflops is what makes IBM Watson special. Watson, having access to over 200 million pages of structured and unstructured data makes it easier to compute based on natural language processing and gives us unfettered access to the biggest chunk of highly reliable data – the Wikipedia itself.

Gartner, the industry leader in Data Science and IoT has predicted that there would be over 4.4 billion connected devices across all the industries and IBM, along with its years of experience and super computer at their disposal would be a key figure. IBM has been the key enabler in getting the idea of connected cars to the world. This infographic here will give you the key points.


Infographics Credits: ibmbigdatahub


IBM Watson recently partnered with one of the largest manufacturers – ARM Holdings thereby enabling millions of developers to seamlessly interact with the mighty Watson. With this deal falling in place, IBM Watson IoT is embedded deep into mbed – the ARM development ecosystem. This combined solution, using built-in components, enables developers like us to build IoT devices and applications securely and with manageability in mind on day one.

Some of the key features enabling us to develop fast, better and easier are as follows:

Key features:

  • Based on open industry standard protocols including CoAP/HTTP, TLS/TCP, DTLS/UDP and OMA LWM2M, enabling energy efficient data communication and device management.
  • Includes strong end-to-end trust and security using open security standards.
  • Works with REST APIs, making it easy to integrate with any system.
  • Offers full integration of the developer console and web tools with; there is no need to move to a different development environment after deployment.

2017 rightly deemed as the year of chatbots – the Artificial Intelligence backed chat application used by companies to automate customer interaction in a different approach. IBM entered the domain of chatbots through their application named Watson Conversations used mainly by developers to build chatbots across various platforms. Conversations powered by the exhaustive data processed by Watson to make the natural language processing as simple as possible. A few weeks ago, a company based out of Mumbai started a beta release of their AI powered chatbot which competes with the likes of Chatfuel and Gupshup powered by the mighty Watson. Conversation features a reliable infrastructure that scales with individual use cases. Platform support from IBM gives you the backing you need. As a developer, it becomes quite easy to create an application that understands natural language and responds in human like conversational tone. Watson allows us to seamlessly integrate and deploy these services to chat applications like Messenger, Slack, Skype, etc

Over the past three years, Internet of Things has penetrated into almost all the industries right from Automotive to Healthcare to Smart Energy Monitoring to even Agriculture. India, having a large percentage of the population still in the agriculture sector has got a shot in the arm by the introduction of Internet of Things into core agriculture. SatSure, a company focussed on providing a proactive decision based intelligent solution for farmers. SatSure provides Risk and Insurance Management, Crop Damage Assessment, Crop Health Monitoring, Classification and Land use planning and precision farming by Internet of Things and Big Data Analytics. SatSure predicts based on a database of satellite images, taken at an 8-day frequency, weather data and commodity price data across all the corners of India since 2001.

All done and said, with great power comes great responsibility and IBM seems to have this in mind right from building the Watson. With large amounts of personal data also lies the issue of security which IBM has handled in a really good way.




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