I just posted the following comment to the EETimes article, ‘IoT Attracts a Smart Skeptic‘:

“I have been following the emerging IoT with great interest. And for those of you who want to get a true expert’s opinion on the subject I suggest reading Francis daCosta’s ‘Rethinking the Internet of Things’.

And to be perfectly clear, the IoT is about connecting things to the internet. It’s not the people part of the internet, it’s the thing part. And if implemented correctly then the human interface aspect (at the end points) will be unimportant.

Where I see some wobbling in these ongoing discussions – as to the interoperability, security, and size of the IoT  – is that too many of these discussions do not properly delineate the consumer pieces from the industrial applications. Both of which if implemented properly will be entirely different.

The consumer pieces – the car, the home – will quite probably have an IP protocol stack implemented with processing power at each node and will have bidirectional conversations with both the consumer and the manufacturer. And as such will share the same security concerns as other smart devices like phones, tablets, laptops, routers, and workstations.

The industrial IoT will (or should be) be nothing more than lots and lots of dumb sensors having small, one directional conversations with an intelligent controller. And at those end nodes (the sensors) the security concerns would be negligible. Like, how do you hack a dumb thermometer (esp. in a redundant array)? You can’t.”

I stuck my two cents in because the more articles that I read on the subject the more I see that many of these discussions are mostly trying to stuff the IoT into a one size fits all proposition.

Like every end device is going to be able to talk to every other end device. And as such then there are these huge security concerns for these soon to be hundreds of billions of interconnected end nodes. And following that –  management, privacy and security are all going to be completely out of control.

But that is not the case if you keep in mind that there are (or should be) two non-overlapping IoT’s: Consumer goods. And industrial applications. And if you separate them as such then the implementation and management of the IoT just got a little bit easier.

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