>> WELCOME TO MY INTERNET OF THINGS (IoT) BLOG!
So; what is the Internet of Things (IoT) and why is it a point of interest?
While the concept of IoT is not new it has become a major interest area
specifically due to the drop in the cost of technology and the new masses
of opportunities that it creates. Earlier this year Google made a bold
step with the acquisition of Nest Labs for $3.2 billion USD - specifically
around the notion of a smart "learning" thermostat. They are not the only
ones getting involved; a number of very large players are making their claim
in this space such as Apple, ARM, Freescale, Intel, SAP, Salesforce.com
in a diverse range of industries.
There are so many areas that one can focus on within IoT - ranging from
hardware, sensors, storage, infrastructure, data analytics, reporting and
end-user interaction. It is obvious where most of the tech giants will
streamline their efforts - the risk in this environment is that there
is a blatant disregard for trying to standardize the process and technology
as these companies produce vendor lock-in environments to maintain an
So; let's try to understand IoT better and work on a way to within
the development communities and focus groups push the message of
standardization; not vendor specific but open, flexible and adaptable
to the suit the requirements of each situation.
In this blog series I will cover the "latest" buzz around IoT as they come
up and also write up some development hints and tips that I have learnt
over the years that may be useful around the field of IoT (specifically
embedded development) and thrash around some ideas as to how to make this
field interesting and sustainable.
// Aaron Ardiri