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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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7/2/2014 | 1:02:02 PM
Re: The Road to a Standard
@Batye: And often we do see the benefits of that R&D investment in our personal lives as well. i wish there were another way to do it, though. 
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7/2/2014 | 1:00:05 PM
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@Batye: Thank you kindly. 
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7/2/2014 | 12:59:15 PM
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@StacyE: Thanks so much. I guess the best we do is to become is optimistic realists.
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7/1/2014 | 6:51:09 PM
Re: So my phone gets a second life?
sad but true, we are no longer have privacy nor security... even with our phone... what we owned... or it just a rent of new technology in exchange of having no right to privacy....
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7/1/2014 | 6:49:24 PM
Re: Internet Of Things: In Search Of An Architecture
same as IT security it never ending battle of competition... and it like free for all this days... sad reality of technology development... how I see it...
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7/1/2014 | 6:47:44 PM
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interesting idea/point... but I think in our life time it would never happens... as for now we are entering age of permanet war... how I see...

 
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7/1/2014 | 6:45:42 PM
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from my past... Military always get latest and greatest.... and first priority access to technology.... and no other way around it ....
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7/1/2014 | 6:43:46 PM
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I could not agree more... right on the point...
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6/30/2014 | 7:20:05 PM
Re: The Road to a Standard
@ Susan

Very well said. I agree with your thoughts 100%.
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6/30/2014 | 6:47:37 PM
Re: The Road to a Standard
@StaceyE: That's a conundrum i struggle with on a personal level. I'm no proponent of war by a long stretch, but I have to acknowledge that many of the technologies and engineering innovations that shape our daily daily lives came about as a result of initially being developed by the military. Silicon Valley most likely wouldn't exist in its current form if it weren't for the defense spending that poured into this area in the 1950s and 1960s. So while I agree in principal that I would like to see more government spending on engineering that on military, I suspect that in reality the two are more tightly entwined than I'd care to think about.

 
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