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By Karl Smith, Consulting Director, Paradigm Interactions
This article is by Featured Blogger Karl Smith from his LinkedIn page. Republished with the author’s permission.
The IoT is a much marketed term as the future of all things; the IoT is an interconnected landscape of life experiences and transactions.
What is the IoT, how is it intended to work and how does that relate to how it currently works. What are the real business opportunities and how will they be measured as a success? How can your business gain an advantage or benefit? Finally, are there any risks associated with the IoT, either foreseen or not and how might they be mitigated?
What is the IoT and where does it come from?
The IoT is problematic as a description for Ubiquity a concept that has been around for a long time.
Ubiquity is a synonym for omnipresence, the property of being present everywhere
The technology that underpins ubiquity comes from defense, specifically battlefield command and control (CnC) and has been evolving since the second world war. At that time, it was essential to coordinate and protect allied forces during the war. This strategic view of the battlefield as it changed was provided first through telephone communications (easily intercepted), radio communications (also easily intercepted) and then later RADAR (Radio Detection and Ranging).
The second part of the technology that underpins ubiquity is security, the interception of communications in the second world war made it essential to provide proof of authenticity and to encode or encrypt important messages. While this was a common practice off the battlefield by people with the time to do this, the speed of change and the danger on the battlefield made this impossible, although the USA did use native American-Indian code talkers this security was not embedded across all battlefields as it had also been used in the World War I but German anthropologists had attempted to learn the languages.
Post the second world war, beacon technology (encrypted identifiers) with satellite uplinks provided oversight on large assets. However, until beacons could be miniaturised while maintaining a secure satellite uplink true battlefield ubiquity could not exist. This problem was overcome during the 1990’s enabling complex CnC of navy task groups, air forces, missiles, ground force vehicles and individual soldiers. The defense industry now has access to a fully ubiquitous battlefield command and control system, however it is still controlled by human choice based upon interpretation of sometimes confusing data. This interpretation and ownership of Meaning still resides with human control.
What is the IoT now and what will it become?
The IoT is a stepping stone to Ubiquity. The commercialization of ubiquity has been going on for a long time. It has included white goods requesting a service without customer involvement to fridges asking for milk, cars contacting the garage and customers monitoring their devices remotely.
However, it is yet to deliver the promise of true ubiquitous ecosystems talking to each other and creating a ubiquitous living environment by augmenting human existence, through simplification and service revolution.
Ubiquity is a network of negotiated connections, contracts with policies and attributes that are always present and open
In ubiquity the CIO once again comes to the forefront of the information exchange, management and security around products, services and things as they don’t require marketing to acquire each other’s benefits. There is an emergent human cognition language also that is devoid of the current marketing paradigm of using images to entice, rather focusing on avatars in a new and more disruptive way.
Originally published on LinkedIn