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We Know What the IoT Is, but How & When It Arrives Is Unclear

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Rob Spiegel
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We're getting there
Rob Spiegel   5/15/2013 10:04:24 AM
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Hey Rich, I agree we're getting there on the Internet of things. As more devices have connectivity, they naturally become part of the IoT. This happening more and more at plants these days, whether it's remote monitoring of devices or remote maintenance review. The first time I saw the concept was during the dot com days when dot com'ers were predicting a completely connected home. So far, that's not really necessary. But the concept took off in plants because connectivity can improve efficiency and improve optimization. That makes for real motivation.

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Charles Murray   5/15/2013 6:49:14 PM
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Rob, the first time I wrote about the Internet of Things I was with EE Times, and much of the talk centered on the home, as you suggested. The idea seems to have matured since then, but I think eventually we will come back to that concept.

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Debera Harward   5/16/2013 9:13:53 AM
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Thanks Richard for reminding us about IOT. No doubt these days we are soo much dependant on it that we merely forget to think about it this is one of the great revolution in the industry . Initially there was a lot of hype of IOT but now this technology has grown up and is matured but with every advantage there is responsibility as well IOT conains alot of information with information there  is always security constraints .Security is the major flaw of this technology. If any of your information is present in it then it is very easy for any one to make conclusions about  you and get your information as well.

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taking it too far
naperlou   5/16/2013 10:42:05 AM
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Rich, while the IoT is a very important and exciting area, which the silicon vendors do love, there is a tendency to take it too far some times.  In reality you won't have everything connected to everything.  Would you really want to?  By looking at the scale from the most extenive set of possible connections you come up with a system that is much too complex to be justified for the utility that is gained.  On the other hand, there are natural communities of things that, when connedted, give some useful result.  This might include the appliances in my house and the smart meter.

As an example of a non-useful connection, take a game controller and your clothes washer.  Even though someone may come up with some convoluted use for this, it is not really necessary or useful.

There was an interesting blog on the Freescale site regarding sensor fusion and the IoT.  This is where the real need for those 32-bit MCUs comes in.  That will be interesting to watch.

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richnass   5/16/2013 11:33:17 AM
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Debera, regarding security, it depends on the application. There are many cases where I doubt anyone would hack in and I really don't caree if they do, and in these instances, I don't want to pay extra for extra security. For example, if my TV's remote was on the INternet, I doubt someone would be trying to hack in to change my channels. Obviously there are cases where this isn't true.

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tekochip   5/16/2013 12:21:17 PM
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The remote control is probably a bad example because I instantly thought that an evil network or sponsor would love to take control of your remote and prevent you from changing channels, mess with your volume or prevent you from muting during a particular commercial. Think of how websites already try hard to hijack your PC to do the same thing.
 
A local network, sure, but not everything needs global visibility.


TJ McDermott
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There's a more familiar name
TJ McDermott   5/16/2013 12:24:36 PM
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I didn't know the term IoT until this article.  The definition made me think it should be called:

Skynet

 

What about addressing?  If every "thing" will be connected, how are they being addressed?  Didn't we run out of IPv4 addresses several years ago, and IPv6 addressing would fix the problem?

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Rob Spiegel   5/16/2013 12:52:48 PM
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I think a lot of connectivity we're seeing -- often in the factory setting -- could be construed as a version of the Internet of Things. The term may be similar to "the cloud," where there were tons of instances of cloud computing before the term appeared.

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richnass   5/16/2013 1:58:34 PM
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tekochip: You have some interesting ideas.

TJ: It's not necessarily everythig connected to everything. But it's the ability to connect to the thigs you want to connect to.

Debera Harward
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Debera Harward   5/16/2013 2:48:58 PM
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Richnaas you are absolutely correct but if there are cases where security is not required but there are also situations where security is essential . I didnt mean to offense you there are two cases.

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