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The IoT puzzle has been cracked

Menno van Doorn
October 25, 2013

Untitled There is no Internet of Things. At least, not as long al the things connected are solo actors in a multi-things world. Sarah Rotman Epps explained the issue at our conference by saying that there are many Internets of things (plural). A basketball, a sport shoe and a wrist band like Nike Fuel should work together when they are connected, but they don’t. This is one of the main challenges of the Internet of Things. If we want to get real value from Things, we need smart systems, and as long as they all speak different languages, we are not going to realize that. The good news is: this problem is cracked very recently by a team of extremely smart engineers in France. I just got back yesterday from a visit to Sogeti High Tech in Toulouse and saw with my own eyes how it worked. A Smart Engine that connects all the different protocols like Zigbee, xPl, MODBUS, RFID, GSM, SNMP, Bluetooth REST, Z-Wave, DMX, PROFIBUS, NFC, SOAP, 1-Wire, PLCBUS, BACnet, KNX, 6LowPAN, IRDA, TCP/IP, Wifi, HTTP, and many many others. It looked like a sort of a Google Translate for Internet of Things. Any organization that want there things to communicate, manage them remotely through the internet , interoperate with third-party devices can now just do it. And you can add behavior by taking data from different kind of sensors and correlate them in real-time to output new higher-level events.

About the author

Director and Trend Analyst VINT | Netherlands
Menno is Director of the Sogeti Research Institute for the Analysis of New Technology (VINT). He mixes personal life experiences with the findings of the 19 years of research done at the VINT Research Institute. Menno has co-authored many books on the impact of new technology on business and society.


    2 thoughts on “The IoT puzzle has been cracked

    1. Shouldn’t it be, there will be an internet of things regarding one of the biggest problems is cracked.
      Its only a matter of time if you ask me, there is no stopping it, its the next evolution the internet is going through.

    2. Fully true that p2p connectivity is far from sufficient, but mere topology and protocol translations are not enough to make the IoT reality at large scale; standardisation on more levels are required and perhaps the most imminent is on the information level. OK, so now I can connect a sensor with an actuator, great, but whatif I would connect a set of sensors which are out of my control? What does the data sent from them actually mean?

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