Four years ago, Dana Blouin was working as a network technician at a communications company in Rhode Island. Today he's working on a PhD in Thailand, conducting research on the Internet of Things (IoT).
His radical lifestyle change underscores just how big of a thing the Internet of Things really is — a fact that's especially appropriate to recognize today, the fourth annual Internet of Things Day.
The IoT is going to going to change everything, Blouin said.
"When the opportunity to do research on the Internet of Things presented itself, I knew I had to jump on it. The writing is on the wall: the IoT will impact the world just as much if not more than the Internet itself. I wanted to be part of that, and now that I am, I can't imagine doing anything else," he said.
Blouin, a CMSWire contributor, is conducting research at the Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT) at Thammasat University on low power IPv6 wireless networks — small sensors that can communicate reliably with Internet enabled devices.
"It's an exciting time," he said. "Once devices start working together on common platforms, the rest of the pieces of the IoT will fall into place and we will be living better for it."