IoT or Internet of Things … Don’t we have enough with People … ?
Too many IP Addresses with IPv6 so we have to use them up with Things?
They have been going on about IoT for quite a few years now. I can understand yachts maybe wanting to have remote monitoring of systems and maybe a look at security cameras remotely … but does everything need to connect?
The reason I ask is, although home or office bandwidth (speed) is pretty fast these days … the uplink is often still kind of slow. On the order of 5 Mb/s or less in asymmetrical DSL type of environments. And I don’t know but cellular carriers don’t seem to be able to deliver enough bandwidth for the people alone in some areas. Well … it might just be faster on upload than download. But all of those connections have to have an inbound part as well.
Internet backbone providers – including new Big Players – fighting over peering charges with Big Content Providers and such. You have to wonder if the only ones ready for the Internet Of Things are the technologists that are touting it.
Lots of companies ready to massage terabytes of data for you and /or to provide a CLOUD to hide it in … but are the last miles really ready to handle it? Are the middle miles really ready for it?
Anyway how many terabytes can it be? Everyone’s thermostat and security system on Internet. Not much else you really need to monitor in the house. On a boat quite a bit more … but usually those will be aggregated by a monitoring system and presented as already massaged data ready for prime time viewing. But if a lot of THINGS start wanting send regular reports or worse Real Time Data streaming … I there could be bandwidth problem … at least on some links like Cellular and Satellite. I guess it will probably start off slow and ramp up … and ISP’s and Backbone Providers will get a chance to ramp up slowly as well (and find someone to charge for those Mega and Giga Bytes.)
Do you really need to know via the Cloud, via the Internet, when the washing machine or the drier has stopped? Or will those things wash the clothes and dry them just as good without that data being sent? Do they really need to know when you open a bottle of water or wine or anything like that past them distributing it to the store? I mean you bought it – you must like it. The store is already tracking that they sold it. Does it need to follow you all the way to what address you took it to in order to drink it? There are privacy issues. Everybody on your home street likes water except for a few houses. Some like Mountain Dew or Pepsi. Others like Coke. Do they drink during the day? Or at night? Nosey minds wanna know.
There is already a tags app thing to help you find your keys on your smart phone … pretty soon you’ll be able to find your kids, your dog, your cat, your car (I worked for Teletrac years ago) all via an App or online In The Clouds.
Keep your feet on the ground but don’t stop reaching for the Clouds / Stars!!!
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