Internet of Things, hurdles

Everyone’s talking about the Internet of Things, a proposed network of intelligent devices that could one day automate much of the world around us. HVAC

GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC‘s insight:

convergence, or not yet ? . . . – “Everyone’s talking about the Internet of Things, a proposed network of intelligent devices that could one day automate much of the world around us. HVAC and lighting systems would adjust depending on a user’s whereabouts. Lawns would know when to water themselves. Meanwhile, product manufacturers have been hastily preparing for this transition. The average household already has 10 connected gizmos, and experts predict that number will jump to 50 by 2022. But making devices and getting them to work in sync are two different tasks. Creating harmony will be the hard part.   –   Protocols—systems of digital messaging and rules for exchanging those messages—are the glue that binds devices together. For the Web alone, there are at least 50 protocols. Wireless devices interact through a different set of protocols, such as ZigBee, Bluetooth, RFID, and BACnet. And those devices share information with the Web through yet another set of protocols, including 802.15.4e and CoAP.   –   The result is that the Internet of Things is actually hundreds of smaller, fractured Internets. Devices exist in their own discrete networks, which forces consumers to either choose among them or operate in several at once. Even items that should logically work in tandem—say, smart lightbulbs and a set of Wi-Fi–enabled window blinds—can’t. And each device requires its own smartphone app to control.”

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