The Internet of Things is one of the most cutting-edge areas of technological development today. Many people think of this group of technologies as being at the very vanguard of technological development. But some people may not realize that the fundamental principles that underlie the Internet of Things have long been entrenched parts of U.S. industry. Nowhere has this been truer than in the field of aviation, where highly innovative technologies of the last century are now seeing their principles adopted to Internet of Things.
Jason Hope is one of the most prolific and successful entrepreneurs in the history of the United States. After founding one of the first content streaming providers for mobile devices, Jawa, which predated the iTunes and Apple store business models by more than a decade, Hope is now dedicating most of his time to writing for tech outlets and blogging about coming technologies. He has made a name for himself as a skilled futurist and somebody who understands, on the most profound level, the implications of new technologies and where they’re heading.
Hope has been making a point of the fact that many of the technologies are currently being successfully adopted to the Internet of Things have been a part of various industries since more than 100 years ago. In the case of the aviation industry, the development of modern beacon technology started to take shape as long ago as the 1930s. Technologies like VOR, which stands Very High Frequency Omindirectional Range, use highly sophisticated radio beacons that are capable of allowing pilots to determine the precise location of their aircraft, anywhere in the country and independent of visibility. This was a crucial step in the ability of airlines to become viable means of transportation, allowing aircraft to traverse the country even in conditions where visibility of navigational aids on the ground was completely restricted.
This technology led to the development of the first true auto pilots, systems that allowed aircraft to fly by themselves, with no input from the pilots. These systems are the direct forebears of today’s driverless cars, drone navigation systems and other autonomous vehicles.