Thinking about portable IoT lifestyle devices…

I’ve been looking for a bag lately. One that will support the IoT lifestyle. There are several that have looked interesting on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. I have backed a couple to see in the end if they will fit the bill.

I need a bag that supports the portable end of the IoT. The various sensors and components that connect to your cellular device or tablet and allow you to measure the world around you. It needs to have a semi-rigid pocket for fragile IoT portables. I would like solar capabilities for when you are well away from power. I have a power brick, but being able to trickle in additional power buys you two-three hours when traveling.

So far I am still looking. It might be time for me to design the perfect bag and launch the KS campaign. I just don’t have time to spend managing the campaign.

Oh well.

The lifestyle components of the IoT will begin to appear. Wearables will be the first big splash, and frankly are already here. Exercise bands are now acceptable to wear in public as part of your standard daily attire.

Next in the lifestyle march will be bags that better fit the IoT portable bucket. Pockets that protect fragile sensors. Pockets that allow sensors to operate without taking them out of the bag and so on. Scanners at airports, government offices, corporations will have to change not for a security threat but from espionage. Getting information from sensors you shouldn’t get. I guess in the end it would be a security thing for airports. If you can send 20 passengers through with undetected video equipment you will know the process and procedures of that airport.

Today there are software applications that understand the concept of where you are (GPS) and where you should be (address of meeting) and can automatically notify other people you are running late,

But the lifestyle bag isn’t here yet. The easily added to your existing bag and removed when you are moving around without your computer. A bag that mixes power, network and security features to protect you. For example an oft tried trick is to set-up a fake network and see who comes to play. Having a device in your bag that automates the connection but creates a fairly robust firewall between your device and the network would be a portable wonder. In fact the bag could head well down the path I talked about in The Syncverse.

It isn’t just about where the information is. Its about can I secure that information and ultimately where is the right place for that information. There is the concept of storage tiers for information (1-5 or more) depending upon the need for that information. Simply put some information is needed right now and that is normally called Tier One storage. Data that is needed but can have a slight delay (less than 5 minutes) is normally Tier 2 storage and so on. Each tier of storage lower is cheaper than the higher tiers. You can do the same with information you need. Intelligent synchronization not only syncs relevant data to the device you are holding but also prepares the information you may need.

Your bag could have short term secure storage that you can use to augment your cellular device or tablet. Information on that short term storage is encrypted making it useless if stolen (or at least really hard to get at). That would allow the organizational security to move data off the cellular device. Ultimately that device remains the weak link in IoT security.

Like I said the lifestyle IoT devices will follow the wearable explosion that is coming.


Scott Andersen

IASA Fellow.