The future of IoT depends on the ability of providers to ensure that individual devices can communicate with each other to create a seamless experience across platforms.
…at the Cisco Live conference in Las Vegas, Cisco made a couple of big IoT platform announcements. The networking giant showed off upgrades to its Cisco Jasper platform with Jasper Control Center 7.0, and it introduced Cisco Kinetic (and discussed a partnership with IBM).
…the Cisco platforms offer improved ways to manage IoT devices in a wide variety of use cases. But they don’t deal with what many observers call the biggest challenge facing the Internet of Things. As Altimeter puts it, “IoT requires standards to enable horizontal platforms that are communicable, operable, and programmable across devices, regardless of make, model, manufacturer, or industry.”
What that means, essentially, is that it shouldn’t really matter what devices, applications, operating systems, networks and platforms you use. Unless all of these can communicate with one another seamlessly in an “any-to-any” fashion, the powerful network effects of the billions of IoT devices being installed will not be fully realized. In fact, some estimates claim 60 percent to 70 percent of IoT efforts are currently failing. That’s not good, and lack of interoperability is a prime culprit.
Enabling IoT devices to communicate will be a big challenge as the technology surges in popularity. Solving this problem will make a huge difference in consumer reception and adoption of IoT.
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