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4 Hard Truths about the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing exponentially around us. As we want everything to be automated and connected, the IoT is really the “next big thing” that can make everything in our lives from streetlights to seaports “smart.” However, every good thing comes with a downside and some sorts of problems. Stephen Lawson, in writing for IT World, points out some IoT shortcomings in the long haul:

  1. Bad data
  2. Insecure consumer devices
  3. Changing technology
  4. Not very plug-and-play

Big Thinking for the Next Big Thing

IoT revolves around machine-to-machine communication that is built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors. It’s mobile, virtual, and instantaneous. It’s good to have smart devices, but a sensor is not a machine that functions as an instrument or a tool physically doing something. When we talk about making machines “smart,” we’re talking about sensors affected by harsh environments and subject to generating bad information. According to General Electric, as much as 40 percent of data from IoT sensors may be wrong, redundant, or useless by the time it gets to the cloud, which makes data collection and processing harder. What we can do is to be aware of bad data with IoT, and use artificial intelligence to help weigh inputs from multiple sensors to reach accurate conclusions.

Another problem also resides in users’ mentality and perception, as consumers are getting increasingly insecure with more exposure to smart devices. IoT devices attract hackers because they’re all around, and the process to build in security and automatic updates is not as simple as renewing a password. Even when you have a bunch of machines with good and secure data ready to use, connecting them together is nothing like building a LEGO block. The IoT crosses the line between computing systems and physical infrastructure, and forces collaboration with different fields that IT people don’t expect to know.

Another potential pitfall is, predictably, the vastly fast speed of technology changes:

If you’re a consumer, orphaned products like Nest’s Revolv hub can feel like a ripoff and an inconvenience. If you’re an enterprise with millions of sensors built for a network that’s fallen out of favor, maintenance and migration could be very expensive.

Some specifications that are only a few years old, like IoTivity and AllJoyn, are already merging. Having fewer standards is probably a good thing, and vendors will try to make the old work with the new, but consolidation may still hold surprises.

The Internet of Things is coming like a tidal wave and giving us the most disruption as well as the most opportunity over the next few years. Therefore, it’s never too late to get a push notification about its arrival. You can view the original article here:

About My Nguyen

My is a staff writer for AITS. She has a varied background in writing and marketing, having previously worked for the World & Vietnam Report among others.

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