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Understanding The Impact Of The Internet Of Things: The "I of Me"
November 6, 2014
- Building Automation
by Ken Sinclair
Your present IoT (Internet of Things) understanding, which I choose to whimsically call “The I of Me,” greatly controls your comprehension and expectations of what those three letters might mean to you and those around you. The art, science, and social interaction of our time, the Internet of Things, reflects life and is affecting all of our lives daily so get over it. You cannot go back, sorry.....smile. The true danger comes from not being involved in its evolution and having open discussions like this. Allowing IoT to be created and applied without input from those it will affect is of significant concern. Old school wisdom is of value in its evolution but not a game changer. We cannot hide from IoT; we must embrace and change its shape and purpose. Sorry, doing nothing is not an option. Blocking bits or delaying adoption of the rapid IoT evolution will only change its direction and shape, possibly not with the results you wish.
Please embrace and help evolve IoT with open discussions followed by personal action.
Everyone's "I of Me" is greatly increasing expectations of the large building automation industry, but it is our combined personal IoT interaction that will actually change industry. See my review below:
Personal IoT interaction increases industry BAS expectations. My watch alerts me with a text about the fact and time my new BFF (Best Friend Forever), the garage door, was left open. Useful information when I need it, where I need it, provided simply by IoT and a low cost DIY not wired sensor.
The rapid deployment of our personal IoT is putting pressure on our industry, because our clients expect the features they now have in their hands, pockets, or on their body as wearables (watches and glasses) to play nicely with all that has been done before.
Our aging building automation systems are straining under the pressure of the required new IoT connections, but the value of open standards is again in the forefront. Personal experience and increased confidence in new technology greatly increase the rate of evolution.
In the early days of the direct digital control revolution one of the biggest factors that allowed rapid acceptance of this new technology was the fact that everyone was starting to get a personal computer in their home. This adoption and hands on experience allowed them to quickly understand the potential power of the PC connected to microprocessors — the new DDC control systems.