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Accenture's report shows IoT isn't growing fast enough
1/14/2016 08:07 PM EST
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zerodefect
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zerodefect   1/18/2016 1:39:04 PM
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I thought about getting NEST thermostat but then decided against it. Why? because:

1 It is too expensive.

2 No manual control if auto setting does not work.

3 concern about hacking

4 Lack of local control ie it should control the A/C unit only and be able to disconnect from internet by the customer.

5 Ease of use

6 Concern about privacy - who is collecting the data and using it to target the customer.

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Re: Keep it simple stupid
MWagner_MA   1/18/2016 7:34:00 AM
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Yes, and we wonder where all our regulatory burdens come from!  If a corner can be cut to make a buck - it will be done.  Common sense is usually trumped by profit goals.  Having worked in military and now medical products, any delusions I had of quality because of the expectation alone, are a distant memory.

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GSKrasle   1/15/2016 6:40:49 PM
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I have hobbies.

For one thing, I grow valuable tropical plants in a greenhouse. The climate control there is not hugely more important than in a house in a cold winter, but I am acutely aware of it, and I have gone to great lengths to ensure reliability INCLUDING dumb bimetal-strip and wax-melt mechanical thermostats/actuators to activate cooling and heating should electronic control go down, and other levels of redundancy and fail-safe control. Some day, I will make it all connected, with independent systems: the fancy command-control-monitor system, and a redundant monitor system to alert me if the other fails. 

Since consumers are notoriously short-sighted, I think that either liability or regulatory imperative has to force systems like "Nest" to incorporate redundancy/fail-safe; it's surprizing to me that it hasn't yet!

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Loser99   1/15/2016 5:10:03 PM
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These people that bought nests get what they deserve they paid a premium for it too.  Ha ha.

Nest should have redundant hardware that acts like a traditional thermistat.

wait, maybe people should just buy a traditional thermistat.

Well at least its not an self-driving car........yet

 

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IOT groupies unprepared for hi-rel requirements
MWagner_MA   1/15/2016 7:27:05 AM
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If you don't learn history, you are doomed to repeat it.  Nothing is more true about that statement than companies with the "cell phone reliability mentality" are finding out that it is NOT ok to freeze someone's home and break pipes.  The industry needs to learn the history of aviation and military development.  After working in the sub industry, as an engineer we were reminded of the downing of the USS Thresher by our employer to understand the importance of reliabilty.  Even a themostat can have severe consequences for an owner away for the weekend in the northeast.  We need to train new engineers to think - what can go wrong and how does the unit recover or what backups need to be put in place.

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IoT is too new ? (at least for Accenture)
boblespam   1/15/2016 3:15:50 AM
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I think Accenture should add "IoT" to their Powerpoint dictionary. Only this way the buzzword won't be underlined in red in their presentations and the concept will finally take off... for sure !

 

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fragro   1/15/2016 2:42:18 AM
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When buying into anew device class, early adopters need to be able to sustain some pain in the learning curve. Remember, when a GM executive was scolding Microsoft for the much too large number of computer failures and break downs?

What acrebates the situation here is the fact that we have "real people" being put into a situation they cannot manage themselves. The "Smartphone" or "Tablet" (COMPUTER) have put the benchmark so high that failures, security breaches or outright endangering of human health and wellfare by the mere change from a device which works to a device which does not (but might be a bit more fancy) will not incline people to take such risks anmore.

A seemless change and flawless user experience will need to be assured, before a complete breakthrough will be achieved. 

On the other hand, blocked thermostates, leaking water tabs, windows not closing well and even eternally dimmed electric  light are not necessarily big progress, when they stop working, suddenly, not fulfilling there base functionality, just because I can control them from my smartwatch.

Add to that the difficulties of integrating the analog nature of the final function with digital controls, and you can see that the current pains of VOIP in 2016 is nothing in comparison...

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