“If you’ve ever seen the “check engine” light come on in your car and had the requisite repairs done in a timely way, you’ve benefited from an early-stage manifestation of what today is known as the Internet of Things (IoT).”
The Internet of Things is not just another tech buzzword destined to flap about frantically before fading into obsolescence. The network of physical objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity represents a new way of putting digital information to work in the physical world, and it looks as though it's here to stay. "Things," in the Internet of Things sense, can refer to a variety of devices such as heart monitoring implants, cars with built-in sensors, or smart thermostats for the home. These devices collect data and then autonomously flow the data between other devices.
Deloitte University Press wanted to develop an interactive library that would allow users to search content they had created about the Internet of Things; for example, an article providing useful insights into how wearables can change the course of the healthcare industry, tips on how to ensure security in the connected age, or a video answering the question “What is the Internet of Things?”. The content sheds light on the IoT as a growing trend, and its implications on how we do business.
FFunction needed to find a solution that could be embedded into an existing website, that kept UX firmly at the forefront of the design and worked well on desktop and mobile. In terms of design, it also needed to speak to the connectivity of the IoT.
The interactive is intended primarily for executives, C-suite leaders and others in business or the public sector, who are familiar with the Internet of Things as a term and a trend but not with the technical specifics, implications or solutions. Deloitte University Press has made great use of the interactive with frequently updated content, and they intend to reuse the interactive library format to house other collections.