The IEEE standards organization is finally having a meeting in the US to work on standards for the Internet of Things (IoT) in November at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. It's amazing to me that despite years of attempts to make the machine-to-machine (M2M) market a reality there are still no interoperability standards on the books.
Perhaps the biggest impediment to M2M is the lack of connectivity, but in today's era of cloud computing the opportunity to finally sort this out is upon us. I have never been a fan of the term M2M -- it always seemed so limiting and pedestrian -- but now, with ubiquitous Internet connectivity, we can move past M2M to IoT, which really opens up the possibilities for real applications and value.
If you are planning to deploy IoT devices in the field then you have to look at the cloud options available today. At the Neul whitespace meetup I wrote about recently, I met Parthesh Shastri of Seecontrol, which is building a cloud product for IoT that is worth a look. It uses a device-and app-store approach to get you the tools you need for a fast deployment.
Seecontrol takes a device-and-app-store approach to IoT.
This makes so much sense because why wrestle all the protocols when somebody has already done it? You can concentrate on your data collection, control, and, most importantly, your return on investment.
I think this is a smart approach to IoT and one that I'm surprised hasn't been used by more microcontroller and embedded software suppliers. What do you think?