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Susan Fourtané
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3/29/2015 | 5:37:40 PM
Re: Security
Gary,, instead of starting a fire, what about making non-stop popcorn? :) -Susan
nasimson
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3/29/2015 | 1:19:18 AM
IoT is here already!
Whether enterprises like it not, IoT is here already.  I think just like cloud & smart phones it will be one of those areas where consumers adopt earlier than enterprise and then IT departments will have challenges catering to users who try to control their connected devices in home and office from the office network! Rough times ahead for enterprise IT.
tzubair
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3/28/2015 | 11:32:40 PM
Re: Security
"If the IOT is hacked, that popcorn machine can be programmed to start a fire, or some other kind of mayhem. I think before we go too far down this IOT road, much, much more thought must be given to security."

@Gary: I completely agree with you. The security risks will increase considerably as IoT becomes widespread. I think the security would also be needed to be upgraded. You'd need better anti-viruses and anti-malware systems to ensure no one is able to penetrate into your network. Network monitoring will also become essential.
tzubair
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3/28/2015 | 11:21:30 PM
Re: IoT Revolution: Is The Enterprise Ready?
"On the other hand, it seems people are forgetting that all the consumer devices are an Enterprise use case. It's enterprises who are going to be building these devices, maintaining these protocols, mining all the data, handling the cloud operations, and building their next generations of products based upon that data"

@zerox203: I think what people in the industry are referring to, when they seggregate between enterprise and consumer devices, is who the end-user would be. Consumer devices would primarily be used at home for different purposes while enterprise ones may be used as work tools to directly or indirectly assist in day-to-day work activities.
tzubair
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3/28/2015 | 10:49:02 PM
Re: The Future
"Suddenly the IOT fever seems to have died down, although more and more IOT devices are coming into the market, what is the cause of such a decreased interest over IOT? There is so much potential for IOT yet people (including me, I won't lie) are skeptical about its future developments."

@yalanand: I don't think the fever has died down. I think we're moving in the stage where concrete applications are coming out of it and the concept is no longer in the air. A few years earlier people had all kinds of fancy notions about IoT but the technology is becoming more structured and people can see what the boundaries are.
zerox203
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3/28/2015 | 6:55:49 PM
Re: IoT Revolution: Is The Enterprise Ready?
There's definitely a sort of confluence here for the Enterprise - on the one hand, we have Enterprise cases for IoT and devices specifically made for all kinds of industries. The article you linked of Chris' about monitoring giant mining shovels is a perfect example. On the other hand, it seems people are forgetting that all the consumer devices are an Enterprise use case. It's enterprises who are going to be building these devices, maintaining these protocols, mining all the data, handling the cloud operations, and building their next generations of products based upon that data.  When you say it will affect the relationship between users and brands, you're right - users can be enticed to buy products from the same family with the promise of smooth interoperability, but there's a limit. Companies will be expected to build interoperability across brands - which is where an org like the OIC comes in.

The smart liquor bottle actually makes a pretty strong use case. We have subclasses of consumer items that are very expensive given their frivolity - buying a nice bottle of liquor is supposed to be an experience, not just a drink, so that smart label can add some value while not bothering those who could care less about it. On the other hand, maybe I wouldn't want my deodorant to do it, so companies need to be careful about what makes sense. I think the popcorn machine is by comparison a relatively weak example - the link given points to a simple web gui with one button. While this is technically a connected popcorn machine, it's hard to say what's really running under the hood from something so simple. I think this is partly what invites consumer skepticism. On that note, I too am glad to hear these IoT execs harping on security. It's an issue that won't and shouldn't go away for IoT.

 
Gary_EL
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3/28/2015 | 12:19:16 PM
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Well, there isn't that much use for your refrigerator to know what my stove has been cookling lately. Nor will it do anyone any good to know the details of which lights I have turned on at what time. But, on the other hand, it would be very helpful if the manufacturer of your car is informed of any out-of-spec readings on all of its customer's vehicle's oil pressure. So, I think it's very much like Google Glass - this new science must concentrate on solid commercial and industrial uses, and not rely on less useful private applications. And, while I'm on the subject, IOT's eventual deployment does have serious implication for everyone's privacy.
yalanand
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3/27/2015 | 11:53:52 PM
The Future
Suddenly the IOT fever seems to have died down, although more and more IOT devices are coming into the market, what is the cause of such a decreased interest over IOT? There is so much potential for IOT yet people (including me, I won't lie) are skeptical about its future developments.
yalanand
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3/27/2015 | 11:50:48 PM
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Certainly rectifiable but that kind of a stain on IOT's image that soon would be a deal breaker for most people, including me. I have high hopes for IOT and Drone delivery system and only the current business models and the corresponding technical advancements that those business models allow, would be responsible for IOT's fall or rise.
Gary_EL
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3/27/2015 | 6:26:30 PM
Security
Right now, if someone hacks your account, you could be in for an unpleasant time. The resuslts can be identity theft, or outright theft of cash. Unpleasant, but not the end of the world, and certainly rectifiable. If the IOT is hacked, that popcorn machine can be programmed to start a fire, or some other kind of mayhem. I think before we go too far down this IOT road, much, much more thought must be given to security.
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