Go go gadget. I loved the cartoon when it first came out. He had a gadget for everything. Which I thought was incredibly cool. But I suspect that Inspector Gadget would be a different show now, than it was as recently as five years ago (or 10). The reality of the gadget world has moved radically to the right. Much of what Gadget had is pretty much de rigor now.
Although I would still like his trench coat.
When I started in IT command centers were two, three or more systems that monitored everything. Servers and mainframe components that watched every inch of the enterprise. Now, you can control the world through a tablet. Actually you can control the world through a phone.
But control comes at a cost. Right now there are two issues with home automation that are of concern. The first is the reality of home private cloud security
and the second is the continued advertising fineness of internet providers. CPS requires the connection outside the home. The value of the information in the CPS device is outside the home.
- A standard around home private cloud security has to be simple. Not simple in the protection offered rather simple to implement. Enough security so that the average hacker can’t get into your home automation systems.
- The other issue is the outright misinformation campaign by most internet providers. First of all since all claim to be the fastest in home Wi-Fi let’s define fastest.
When someone says they are the fastest in home Wi-Fi they are actually saying two things.
- Our potential speed is the fastest.
- The available bandwidth in your home is the fastest possible
The problem with both of those is the router. Installed by your optical, cable or phone company it is not a commercial router. Normally where you work the routers have lots of memory so they can handle traffic flow. Your home router doesn’t have as much memory. So the fastest in home, and most available bandwidth are relative.
You have to determine how much data your systems are going to push up and out of your house. You have to measure how much data you are pulling down form the internet. Go TV company free? No problem, but you give up some of your automation bandwidth when you give up TV and rely on the internet.
So you ask the same questions IT shops ask. How much bandwidth do I need. How much do I have. Based on this what should I do. First of all there are variables (which is why you need a home private cloud security standard) that will cause issues. The what and how of bandwidth remain different for a corporation and an individual.
Companies buy bandwidth, home users receive a bandwidth package. Where a company gets a dedicate (Committed Information Rate or CIR) you get a maximum amount. On a Friday night when your neighbors that just had their first baby, so they are always home, your shared capacity in your neighborhood is the total minus the usage. That means basically you have less network capacity on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday night than any other time of the week (except Monday – Thursday from 6 pm on). If you don’t work at home you will never get close the advertised rate.
Truth in advertising and a private home cloud security standard.
Asking for simple…