Michael Colburn: RTKL Tech Designers Embark on ‘Internet of Everything’ Study

RTKLRTKL professionals are exploring how Internet-connected systems can help individuals, workplaces, facilities and communities, Michael Colburn of RTKL’s Technology Design Studio wrote on a blog published Thursday.

Their goal is to develop methods for linking systems used in daily life to create “smarter” and responsive environments as well as to improve the user experience, according to Colburn.

“On the individual scale, we’ll work to examine how interconnected technology shapes our experience at the most personal level, from our senses to our actions and perceptions,” he stated.

Colburn and a colleague also plan to study the role of technology in shaping residences, offices or retail establishments, aiming to understand how spaces and people can learn from each other.

He believes that “learning from our spaces can help allocate resources and technology purchases in the future.”

“With the boom of IoE enabled devices and services, we feel it is time to take what is happening within individual silos and explore the powerful potential of networking each of the solutions together,” he added.

RTKL and parent company Arcadis also seek to collaborate with other technology firms such as Cisco, IBM, Honeywell, Siemens and Verizon to address IoE user experience concerns, according to Colburn.

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