From machines come sensors pushing Big Data

Machine-based communications are driving the proliferation of Big Data as the successor to data analytics, some industry observers say. Arising from this "Internet of things" field is the development of such technology as inexpensive tracking sensors that monitor objects such as fruit shipments -- to detect spoilage -- to airplane engines. "The ubiquity of sensors is new. The sensors make it possible to get data we never had before," said David Yoffie, a Harvard University-based technology and competitive strategy expert.

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