A few thoughts on the Connection of the IoT…

Today I have a few IoC thoughts (I am sticking to the reality of connections here). First on the Nest smoke detectors. The coolest thing about them is their motion sensitive night light. When you walk under one of the Nest Smoke detectors it turns on a gentle green light. Not enough to wake you up but enough to reveal what is in front of you. Intelligent night light as part of an Internet connected device.

Nest smoke detectors are more expensive. You do however get three devices in one. Night lights wherever you have smoke detectors. A smoke detectors wherever you need one and a Carbon Monoxide detector. Three devices in one ceiling mounted device.

The concept of security and the IoT (ne IoC) is also intriguing. Shodan is a site that searches the world for connected devices. IT was a project started by a graduate student and it remains interesting. As the IoC (C now being even more critical) takes off the devices that are connected have to be secure. How many IoT devices are deployed into the IoC with the default password (admin as the ID admin as the password or password as the password) enabled?

Security concerns me, not from the someone is going to hack into my house and turn my house against me. Or hold my house ransom by changing garage codes and door codes not allowing me in. Someone can do that with an email, a gun and a threat (if you go into your house I will follow you and shot you). Rather security is something people think about after they deploy an IoC/IoT device. It actually should be part of what you are doing in the very beginning.

Finally what is the capacity for connections in a home, office or car? Is there an upper limit? There is we know from a broad bandwidth consumption and usage. You are limited by the outbound and inbound data speeds when considering the devices connected. If all the devices in aggregate produce 1 mb/s of data and you have .5 mb/s available bandwidth your devices will overwhelm your connection with the first device turned on. For the most part you have more than .5 mb/s upload speed but some cable companies don’t provide much more than that (run speed test and see). The uploads in the end are what slow your device at home. It isn’t the same at work where they have dedicated routers and full two way circuits.

Your car is bound to the connectivity of your phone or a built in phone in the car. In either case that is bound by the connection between the device and the cellular tower, and that can vary widely just based on your rate of speed (at 60 connectivity is less than at 30 MPH).

Capacity, security and functionality are the three drivers of the IoT, capacity is the space of the IoC or the Internet of connections. Make sure that IoT device is securely deployed in your IoC home. Consider modules that can be easily replaces (functionality) so you aren’t locked into solutions that functionally decay compared to what everyone else has.

The slogan perhaps should be “Connect modular IoT components security to your Internet of connections (IoC).”

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Scott Andersen

IASA Fellow?