Re: Internet Of Everything: It's All About The Ecosystem
The buzz definitely still outwieighs the reality when it comes to IoT. When we take a minute and look at it from a consumer standpoint, instead of a professional one, as Stratustician points out, it's not too hard to see why that is. The demand is not quite there yet. But you're right, too, Ed; the demand is not there in part because of the lack of standards - but it will be tough to get the standards in place before there's demand (all of this tying back to money). It's a bit of an interesting chicken-and-egg scenario. The consumer demand is critical. We'll start seeing smart steetlamps (etc.) when people start complaining how far behind city infrastructure is from what they have at home.
I still think we'll wake up one morning and be there more suddenly than we realize. All the pieces are there. The network capability (bolstered by trends in SDN and Big Data). The devices (and the low cost of said). Even the newish trends in open (source) computing, networking, and virtualization standards speaks to the kinds of standards you're talking about, Ed. Somebody will be the OpenDaylight of IoT standards, and soon. I'd bet money on it. The context here definitely provides some great food for thought, though. There are plenty of niche cases besides pacemakers, and while that's true in any industry, the very nature of IoT mandates that we consider them carefully. Sounds like a great problem to tackle in 2015. Have a happy holiday and a happy New Year, everyone!