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soozyg
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11/17/2014 | 12:50:59 PM
reality is behind
Internet of Things (IoT) will help their business in a to-be-determined fashion, but they're not really doing much to prepare for it.

Understood. I'm still coaching clients on the value of social media. The reality of technology is way behind what the media reports.
soozyg
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11/17/2014 | 12:57:11 PM
syncing
"It's difficult to get everything to talk to each other, and there are a lot of competing standards out there right now"

Yes! People still use multiple remotes for TV, cable, stereo, etc. even though multi-tasking remotes were introduced decades ago. Now, there are thousands of models of phones. How will all the machines talk to each other? The API's will be interesting.
Lorna Garey
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11/17/2014 | 1:22:35 PM
Chickens, Meet Roost
The utter failure of technology vendors to make their products secure and usable by the masses is poised to bite them where it hurts.
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11/17/2014 | 1:25:05 PM
Standards
The lack of standards is the same issue hampering the progress of EHR. And there, too, are the privacy issues. Is there anyone else still around who remembers the days of the Cold War when the military often ended up issuing standards by fiat? But, given time, standards will emerge, as the always do. Questions of privacy, of course, are a thornier matter.
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11/17/2014 | 3:20:45 PM
Security & Privacy

Security and Privacy are always the afterthought.  We are in an emerging time where data collected from devices is an advertisers homerun.  It's important that we question who owns the information collected by the devices and what the policies and rights are properties of the information. IoT and the associated products that enable information gathering need both an alignment for interoperability and security/privacy practices.

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11/17/2014 | 3:35:39 PM
IoT security
Even the device makers understand that the lack of common security standards and other interoperability standards will hold them back.
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11/17/2014 | 4:46:47 PM
The danger is tsunamis is overhyped too...
It's easy to say the Internet of Things is overhyped, just as it's easy to say the danger of tsunamis is over-rated. Of course it's over-rated, until it arrives in your harbor. I think a knowledgeable IT manager will try to imagine what an Internet of Things will look like, how it will change his customers, his market and ultimately what he's called on to do. The early implementers, like the Nest thermostat and utility smart meters, have had to overcome plenty of  consumer resistance, without fully addressing security. That is, ease of implementation has trumped protection in depth. Once consumers want to engage with the Internet of Things, the security issue will be more fully addressed (I hope).
Thomas Claburn
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11/17/2014 | 5:24:47 PM
Re: The danger is tsunamis is overhyped too...
The difficulty with IoT as a term is that it's just too broad. Whether consumers will flock to Internet-connected door locks is a different question than whether manufacturers will deploy more sensors to monitor assembly lines. Certainly some aspects of IoT, specifically the consumer angle, are long on hope and short on sales. (Nest is not going to have people replacing their smoke detectors every year or two, the way smartphone owners have been doing.) But the notion that things can ba managed better with processors and networking has a lot to recommend it.
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11/18/2014 | 5:31:15 PM
Internet of Things
From what I see currently, might it not be better to have an internet of useful things. This should make a list of only a dozen of so things. Much easier to manage.
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11/18/2014 | 11:58:39 PM
Re: Security & Privacy
It is important for the end users. However, everyone is not aware of what is being transmitted and to what they are clicking "I agree". Some are very concerned about the way data are handled, some are kind of lenient. 
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