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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
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