M2M operates in vertical domains: solutions were designed independently and separately for different applications, which inevitably impacts on and even impedes large-scale deployments, i.e. the Internet of Things. Why? Because the IoT is predicated on the ability to enable seamless data and information exchanges between machines, automation and information systems, and software [...]
I’m not wild about articles that philosophize about technology: they tend to be pretentious, their primary purpose being self-aggrandisement. I’ve never gone down that road, but while reading an amazing book titled “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism”, I changed my mind. Ha-Joon Chang, a vocal critic of the failures of our economic system wrote it and the following para rocked [...]
There is no commonly accepted, precise, unambiguous definition of the IoT, which is unfortunate: it comes, in my opinion, from the complexity and breadth of the concept as well as the difficulty of combining B2B and B2C since they are related but separate developments. This is one reason why the term becoming entangled with that of M2M: they tend to be used interchangeably and all too [...]
The IoT should be seen as an evolutionary development, one that employs M2M communications technology. Although the IoT architecture is different, it is built on a common foundation. A key IoT requirement is the need to decouple data generation from data usage. In an M2M solution they are physically linked: they monitor one issue, a physical parameter or the movement of a machine part, and [...]
There have been four major industrial revolutions. The first, Industry 1.0, was the introduction of the mechanical loom in 1784. The second, Industry 2.0, was the introduction of the assembly line in 1913 by Henry Ford. The third, Industry 3.0, was the introduction of the PLC (programmable logic controller) in 1969. Now, with recent advances in M2M communications and B2B IoT, we are [...]
An IoT device, a thing, enables short- to medium-range connectivity via an embedded RF. When needed, wide area connectivity comes via an IoT gateway that has an embedded cellular modem and these products can accommodate hundreds or even thousands of individual IoT inputs. I wanted to get that out of the way because of all the hype and confusion that surrounds the IoT.
Let’s start with a bit of nonsense. Put an adapter between the light fitting and a regular bulb and use the home’s WiFi network to enable control via a smartphone or tablet.
Right now, as a serious sideline, I’m writing about advanced networking technology such as software-defined networking and network functions virtualisation. I like disruptive developments and writing about them can be challenging, but M2M is something else.
When I started writing about M2M a few years ago I liked the fact that there were no Goliaths — no 800 lb. gorillas — nobody dominated the market and determined its future. Instead it was populated by relatively small vendors that were generating a plethora of innovative applications. After a while I could see that multi-vendor value chains might inhibit progress and that many more [...]
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