This is surprising - I would have thought Intel had that group for years now. It seems they are coming late to a new technology paradigm again just as they missed the mobile internet revolution. IoT is going to be the next wave and Intel just doing this now is a surprise.
I don't think this is too late...there are very few commercial IoT market developments yet...lots of PR and EE Times discussions ;-)...IoT business is so dis-organized without any clear vision, framework, standards or solid business plans that it will take years to sort this out...Intel initiative is valueable and there will be many more attempts by others to create business liances...Kris
By no means is this too late. Obviously they've already been studying this stuff. By acknowledging publicly that they are devoted to helping build this new (old) idea, it just looks good for them and their investors.
Abolutely, I'm sure intel has been doing research for years. The announcement is to let the industry know they are ready and possibly, are looking for ioT startups. A company of Intel size can't just do announcement w/o actually finishing their homework. ;)
There are a couple fundemental technologies for ioT, for example low power MCU, wireless such as Zigbee and Bluetooth LE, Cloud-based, etc. How ready Intel is in these categories? The recent investment to various startups seemingly gets Intel closer ioT readiness. How far Intel is away from first product launch? More importantly, what's the first product?
Maybe what we need is a set of communication protocols to facilitate data transfer between IoT standards groups. If we could use it to identify and resolve overlap between standards it could pay for itself in no time at all!
Our water meter? That's been remotely sensed for a very long time already (although I won't swear that it uses Internet Protocol). The actual water meter is wired to a small outside box. Not sure whether our electric power meter is set up the same way, or whether it still has to be read manually.
Our car is full of "IoT" type of sensing. We get a report card by e-mail every week or every month (my wife gets those).
Never mind what I do at work. IoT is "more of the same."
Good point - this IoT has been there. We have had sensors with IPs for a while. It is just that a new crafted name has enterred th lexicon and we just like it. I am not sure if Intel is really that good in these small evolving business sectors. They seem to always wish the world stays at PC. How can they make money when I can buy a decent tablet at $100? Not sure they are built for that kind of price model.
I agree @Caleb...many people have been looking and probably even doing something in that space...before the term was invented!...now every marketing department needs to IoT label
the same thing happened with cloud computing...there was areall business doing exactky the same thing years before someone came with the label that sounded innovative...and there are probably hundreds of other examples like this
Good point...but at the end of teh day you will need trillions of these devices for IoT...so silicon manufacturer might win due to the scale of the problem...$2 times trillion is a sufficiently large number ;-)
IMHO It seems to be 80% marketing. Everyone is jumping on the IoT bandwagon. The arduino-intel combination is a great stunt. It will draw attention. IoT is the new buzzword. But for how many years are we connecting things?
>> But for how many years are we connecting things?
As much as you can imagine the invention of ICs by Jack Kliby and then Microsoft by Bill Gates. This is not new - the only new thing is that we have a really good name after it. Since the mass usage of the Internet, we have seen IPs inside most things. Yet, I agree that the scale has really exploded recently.