Internet Of Things: In Search Of An Architecture
I totally sympathize with the panelists on this one. We're looking at a future that we're all getting excited about, but that we haven't really mapped yet. We're going to have a fridge that can tell us when we're out of groceries, a thermostat that we can control with our smartphones, and lighting system that responds to weather conditions - but are they all going to talk to each other? If so, how? The need for standards and best practices it certainly there, and one could build a career off of being an IoT expert in the coming years.
At the same time, though, isn't suggesting that there will be uniform standards (and communication between) devices made by different manufacturers (sometimes competing ones) from all over the world a bit of a pipe dream? I would love to have my fridge and my thermostat communicate to set up an ideal temperature based on what I'm cooking tonight, and maybe they will - if they're both made by GE. Of course, there's a little more to it than that, and the implications are different in the business world, but at the end of the day, I don't think we should expect companies to break down their silos just because it's best for the customer. Maybe standards is all we'll get.