IBM creates Internet Of Things hub at Watson IoT global headquarters
On Tuesday, December 15, IBM opened a global headquarters for Watson Internet of Things (IoT) in Munich, Germany. IBM described Watson as "a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data." Watson IoT will take that platform and combine with the emerging IoT market to make more out of the untouched data that smart objects store.
"The Internet of Things will soon be the largest single source of data on the planet, yet almost 90 percent of that data is never acted upon," Harriet Green, Watson IoT and education general manager, said in an IBM press release. "With its unique abilities to sense, reason and learn, Watson opens the door for enterprises, governments and individuals to finally harness this real-time data, compare it with historical data sets and deep reservoirs of accumulated knowledge, and then find unexpected correlations that generate new insights to benefit business and society alike."
IBM is making four groups of Watson APIs available to people looking to analyze IoT data. Each group provides different solutions to related problems like mining unstructured textual data from call centers, monitoring unstructured data from video feeds and more. These four groups include:
- The Natural Language Processing (NLP) API Family
- The Machine Learning Watson API Family
- The Video and Image Analytics API Family
- The Text Analytics API Family
IBM is also opening of eight Watson IoT Client Experience Centers, created to provide clients and partners access to technology and tools to create products and services using cognitive intelligence delivered through the Watson IoT Cloud Platform. The centers will be in Beijing, China; Boeblingen, Germany; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Seoul, Korea; Tokyo, Japan; and Massachusetts, North Carolina and Texas in the United States.