Internet Of Things: In Search Of An Architecture

By Susan Nunziata A variety of factors are holding companies back from embracing the Internet of Things. Though Gartner predicts there will be 26 billion IoT devices worldwide by 2020, concerns about data ownership, questionable data quality, inadequate network coverage, and integration with business applications are among the IoT roadblocks. The biggest IoT challenge, according to Professor Sanjay Sarma of MIT, is the lack of an overarching architecture to pull together myriad streams of IoT information into a flexible and responsive ecosystem of applications. Sarma was among the participants on an IoT panel at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium on May 21 in Cambridge, Mass. He voiced concern about what he sees as a wide array of IoT point solutions designed to accomplish very specific tasks — irrigate crops, turn the lights on in your home — without an architecture to connect all that data in a meaningful way. “Without connecting the dots, you’ll have a disastrous, brittle system,” Sarma said. “We don’t have a clear architecture of where the world will go.” Using a consumer example — the concept of the connected home — Sarma elaborated on the challenges. “Let’s say you want to change the experience when you walk into your home. The lights will come on, music will play, temperature will be set. Maybe Google Maps informs the house that you’re near, and then a series of actions have to happen to anticipate your arrival.” It all seems great, but what if it’s not you walking into the house, but your spouse, who dislikes bright lighting, hates your music, and wants it to be cooler? Your spouse now has to change everything, making life more difficult than before. Read the full article here:

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