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Susan Nunziata
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Internet Of Things: In Search Of An Architecture

The IoT vision still doesn't have a clear architecture from which to build meaningful business applications, an MIT professor says.

on a specific vehicle. The operator can then notify the driver to visit a repair center.

The next step for Daimler Trucks is predictive, Haban said, letting trucking companies and drivers know well in advance when a problem is pending, so that they can schedule an appointment with a repair center. The center can anticipate the vehicle's arrival and expedite the repair by making sure the right parts and experts are on hand.

Getting to that point is no mean feat for any company. For starters, the IoT will add so much programmability to devices that keeping software current will become a never-ending task, according to an article in a sister publication, Dr. Dobb's.

Organizations that have not adopted modern programming practices of short sprints, continuous integration, and continuous delivery are going to find this new reality to be very painful. It will require companies to make changes agilely, test results immediately, and deploy updates quickly. With the rate of change that the new continuous development requires, this will be the only way forward.

At the MIT event, ThingWorkz's Kuntz predicted that 5 million to 10 million IoT-related applications will be built in the next five to seven years. "That's, frankly, my worry."

Haban agreed. "It's costly. You want to do the right things. You don't want to have an isolated solution. You want to think about what are the next set of dots I need to connect. Do it fast, do it cheap, make it a quick win, and be open. Don't [make] a dead-end solution."

So what's going to bring all this IoT data together and make it play nice with business systems?

Microsoft has taken some initial steps toward an IoT ecosystem with the limited public viewing last month of its Azure Intelligent Systems Service. In an April 18 analyst note, Gartner said it thinks "Azure ISS is the most integrated enterprise partner offering for heterogeneous IoT environments announced to date, but we caution that this is not a fully tested or realized product."

On May 21, BlackBerry announced Project Ion, which is built on its QNX cloud, positioning it as an IoT ecosystem.

According to Sarma, "The future lies in what I call a cloud of things. You take every [connected] object and create an avatar of it in the cloud, and the avatars talk to each other, kind of like Second Life. If I get a new phone, it gets its own avatar, and I pair it to my other avatars. I'm not saying it's the best architecture out there, but it creates a metaphor that we can manipulate. It gives us something to work on."

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12/1/2014 | 2:40:23 AM
Re: The Road to a Standard
@StaceyE, yes, but for them it do look good on paper... but end result trust in the brand/product get lost....
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11/30/2014 | 11:30:23 AM
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@ batye

A mistake many company's make is sacrificing quality to save money. Many of them are hurt more by it than helped.
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batye,
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11/1/2014 | 2:54:34 AM
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@StaceyE but this days everyone trying to create perfect bottom line... trying to save anyway possible, while overlooking everything else... sad reality... I spoke with one of my friends retail mang. - this days you have just too many returns on high end electronics due to sloppy QA.... as Co. still expect customers act as beta testers...
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StaceyE,
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10/31/2014 | 4:33:17 PM
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@ batye

That is a good rule for just about everything in life. If you don't have a contingency plan when things go wrong then you are up a creek with no paddle.
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batye,
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10/1/2014 | 12:28:40 AM
Re: The Road to a Standard
@StaceyE, it only right way to keep optimistic and hope for the best... while preparing for the worst...
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batye,
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10/1/2014 | 12:26:59 AM
Re: Internet Of Things: In Search Of An Architecture
thank you, same here... but I do hope with technology standards we gonna see faster process... but time will tell...
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Technocrati,
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9/30/2014 | 2:11:38 PM
Re: Internet Of Things: In Search Of An Architecture

@batye    You are right, it seems like it takes far too long to come to agreement within the industry on standards.  I wish the process went faster, but I understand the reasons for the delays. 

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9/30/2014 | 2:08:07 PM
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@StaceyE    I knew we had that in common ...me too !  : ) 

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9/30/2014 | 2:03:44 PM
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Haha. I find myself being cynical about situations or people quite often. I often have to remind myself to be optimistic, even if its hard to do.
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9/30/2014 | 2:01:16 PM
Re: The Road to a Standard
Yes, first we have to change ourselves. But as they say, one person can change the world...one good deed at a time. Meaning that, you may not be able to change the whole world...but you can change the world for someone or even for yourself.
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