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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/27/2016 4:12:32 AM
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Re: IoT Gears Up
What I have seen here in this discourse leads to an old admonition:  Caveat Emptor (buyer be aware...I had to look it up at one time!!).  But on a more serious note, it is like avoidin the first edition of a software or a hardware (remember how the previous editions of Windows for instance had to go thru at least 3 "point" releases before things settled down).   Let the technology settle down.    We should not get excited just yet.     

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inkstainedwretch
inkstainedwretch
1/21/2016 12:15:10 PM
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Security
Security is a substantial issue. The notion that IoT success will accrue to a trusted partner seems to me intuitively correct, but even the likeliest candidates have to be worried about a disaster. Should someone figure out a way to hack IoT front door locks? I wouldn't want to be on the team that has to explain how some hackers opened the front doors of every home in a neighborhood and leisurely looted all of them (or worse). "Oh, those were just first-generation locks." "But we told those customers to update their software / change their passwords." "The breach was with a third-party partner who stores..." None of that is going to fly. -- Brian Santo

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Ariella
Ariella
1/12/2016 3:18:05 PM
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Re: IoT Gears Up
@vnewman Definitely there is that. I just find it confusing sometimes how even a technology that is adopted is not really utilized correctly.  One thing that really gets me every time is that when she forwards an email, she also prints it out and mails it via snail mail.  It would be one thing if she didn't trust the email at all, but she seems to think that it needs that hard copy backup even though the hard copy arrives days later.

Certainly, you need the setup that allows for the connections. Otherwise you'll just have things without the intenert component. Do you also find literal concrete barriers. At my husband's workplace, he says he always gets complaints about the WiFi. The building itself blocks it through some walls.

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vnewman
vnewman
1/12/2016 3:11:59 PM
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Re: IoT Gears Up
@Ariella. I would tend to agree with you there.  People fear what they don't understand and my MIL/parents act on fear instead of empowering themselves with knowledge.  I suppose it is merely a generational thing.  But I digress...where I live and work, IOT is hindered by two things: lack of a proper infrastructure and automation.  Without those two things, you're bascially dead in the water.

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DHagar
DHagar
1/11/2016 2:04:07 PM
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Re: IoT Gears Up
@ms.akkineni,good examples.  Agreed, the conveniences will attract people, especially if the security is there.  The security for IoT is going to be a bigger issue because of the multiple devices and the wider distribution.  I believe that is why consumers will turn to reliable companies they believe they can trust, who are setting up cloud security that is more reliable than the internet.  Examples are the partnerships AT&T is putting together with IBM and others to align the technologies on a platform that can secure the data/connectivity and earn the public's trust.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
1/11/2016 1:56:50 PM
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Re: IoT Gears Up
@DHagar - Completely agree with you about simplicity in solution. Smart solution options would be considered value add when it is really simple to explore and implement.

The other day I was in AT & T store and overheard a conversation about how your smart phone can be used to unlock your house with out searching for key. That sounds like an imressive option but at the same time brings many thoughts in. How confident one can feel to use this? Security is the biggest concern for such things. We are undoubtedly on right track. But it will take more time to see increased trend in using such solutions.

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Ariella
Ariella
1/11/2016 10:29:35 AM
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Re: IoT Gears Up
I don't recommend a discussion of IoT with the MIL. Mine won't even pay her bills online because she feel the internet is not secure. Of course what people fail to realize is that your informtion is kept in clouds -- even if you don't actively put it there -- by the companies you do business with. And that goes for your everyday consumers in small towns, as well as for businesses. 

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Mike Robuck
Mike Robuck
1/8/2016 10:57:21 AM
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Re: IoT Gears Up
I agree Deborah. I think when IoT was first discussed several years ago the common response was "I don't need my toaster to talk to my refrigerator" (maybe that was just my brother that said that) but we've all learned that it's much more than that. Now that we moved into IPv6, I'll be interested to see what else needs to be done on networks to handle all of these different devices, especially if billiing is part of the process for IoT services. 

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DHagar
DHagar
1/7/2016 11:00:39 PM
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Re: IoT Gears Up
Mike, as you say, there is a lot involved in IoT and the success I believe will be the result of a simple elegance (ala Apple, etc.).  Customers will value the simple solutions that improve their lives and/or "connect" them to something of value - as AT&T is doing with Smart Cities in providing simple solutions for their customers.  The companies that can do that will drive the market for IoT and the value of "connected" devices that make the physical item Smart through the digital connections.

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