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Internet of Things is Growing in Indiana

"Essentially, the Internet of Things is this industry that is all about our connectivity to the Internet. Our fitbits, coffee pots, our cars, driverless cars, the list is endless," says Gerry Dick with Inside Indiana Business.

FISHERS, Ind.--Many things are connected to the Internet today, which is why those who work at the Internet of Things Lab (IoT) Fishers are pleased with the progress they've made since opening a year ago. 

It begins with the question "What is the Internet of Things?" 

"Essentially, the Internet of Things is this industry that is all about our connectivity to the Internet. Our fitbits, coffee pots, our cars, driverless cars, the list is endless. The Internet of Things is going to revolutionize and dramatically disrupt manufacturing, agriculture, distribution, etc," Gerry Dick with Inside Indiana Business said when speaking to 93 WIBC's Tony Katz Monday morning. 

Dick says that change is a good thing because Indiana can be a leader in IoT. The IoT lab in Fishers appears to be the beginning of more IoT labs in the state. 

"There's a health IoT lab that is beginning to form up in Fort Wayne. There's an ag-related IoT initiative in the Lafayette area with Purdue University and 10 counties in that part of the state. In Evansville, there are 6 or 7 IoT related initiatives," Dick said. 

Inside Indiana Business reports that lab in Fishers has hosted 50 IoT events, which attracted more than 3,500 people to the lab, and is the only facility fully leased with seven tenant companies and institutions in its first year of existence.   

Now that IoT initiatives are up and running in Indiana, the question becomes, "Can Indiana keep Internet of Things going?" 

"The bet is that it will, but there has to be the innovation, the reason for that capital to come in. It's projected to be in the trillions of dollars in terms of what this IoT industry will ultimately become," Dick said. 

 

(PHOTO: Thinkstock_Brian A Jackson) 

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