What do a drone, a phone, and an Amelia Island golf course have in common?
One year ago, I wrote a blog post about Dave Evans, Chief Futurist at Cisco, and his concept the Internet of Everything (IoE). The audience, consisting of 1800 readers, went on a journey with me as we discussed the possibility of everyone being connected online through the IoE, and we titled that journey, “It is time for sales to start dating our prospects”.
Exactly one year later, I stand here facing a drone on a beautiful Amelia Island Golf Course learning how “A Drone, A Phone, and An Amelia Island Golf Course” are all connected online through the “Internet of Things”, building on Dave Evans concept, IoE.
Watch the live interview: How A "Drone" (SAM) Manages A Golf Course
Sam's (THE DRONE) daily checklist at work: keep the back office (Maintenance Crew) and field service crew (Grounds Keepers) in the know of all things happening on the golf course. Sam leverages the “Internet of Things” every minute while at work.
In an article entitled, "A Simple Explanation of the 'Internet of Things'", this relationship is made clear: the IoT is a giant network of connected “things” (and people). The different relationships in this network are between people-people, people-things, and things-things. So how does the use of Sam (the drone) at the golf course illustrate this network of connectivity between employees and the devices (drones and phones) they depend on to get their job done?
Sam stays connected through the WiFi signal he creates as he explores the fairways. If Sam discovers something gone awry, he shares an image or video through Lua, the mobile messaging network that the employees use to communicate, which notifies the grounds keepers and lets them know in real time that action must be taken to clean up the golf course. The grounds keepers and maintenance crew can then communicate with each other to appropriately fix the issue - all thanks to Sam's initial notification. In this way, leveraging the IoT improves staff efficiency and accountability at all times, uplifting the overall beauty of the golf course and ultimately, the experience of its guests.
Thanks to the following people & companies that participated in the IoT of Golf:
Fernandina Beach Golf Club | Parrot Drones