The big data vision of a global network of connected devices -- also known as the Internet of Things (IoT) -- is still a bit fuzzy, with more than a few unresolved issues. For instance, too many devices communicate only with their manufacturers' private clouds. When devices from multiple vendors can't share information, the IoT is pretty much DOA.
The AllSeen Alliance, a recently launched IoT consortium, hopes to bridge this communication gap by enabling IoT devices to share data -- regardless of manufacturer, brand, operating system, and other tech specs.
"While it's called the Internet of Things, it's really more like a bunch of devices talking to their own siloed Internets," said Liat Ben-Zur, chair of the AllSeen Alliance, in a phone interview with InformationWeek. "The thermostat talks to the thermostat's cloud, and the refrigerator talks to the refrigerator manufacturer's cloud."
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— Kevin Casey is a writer based in North Carolina who writes about technology for small and mid-size businesses.