The ability to connect billions of devices, extract useful data and then connect back to decision-makers - whether machine or human - represents a hugely exciting prospect for the world of business and for society at large.
It’s against this fast-moving backdrop of promise that my Internet of Things and Cloud Services research and development team carry out the work we do.
The transformation of transport is a major area of focus for us.
And that’s down to a number of drivers. For example, we recognise that there is huge pressure to reduce the amount of traffic congestion in urban areas.
At the same time, we know we need to find ways to provide more effective transport for people in rural communities including creating better mechanisms for transporting schoolchildren.
All of this is aligned with a pressing requirement to mitigate the effects of transport-created pollution and poor air quality.