For all trumpets and fanfares the Internet of Things (IoT) market is not happening. For three years we have entertained ourselves with so called Big Data phenomenon, only to wake up to somber reality that the Big Data boom is not happening. Recession-tired businesses are not in hurry to cash out on elusive concepts, server sales are stalling, data analysts are not hatching to fill nonexistent job positions and Big Data is just a lot of glorified white noise. Now marketing departments of the major IT vendors are busy replacing outfashioned Big Data labels with shiny new totem of AI (Artificial Intelligence). Somehow IoT, touted as a major source of Big Data, emerges ubscathed as a concept of future connected world.
The Internet of things (IoT) is defined as the internetworking of physical devices and “the infrastructure of the information society”, with emphasis on keywords “networking” and “connectivity”. IoT is expected to connect zillion of devices, systems, and services into seamless fabric enabled through a variety of protocols, technologies and applications. Remember the mix of wild mountain tribes recruited by Tyrion to get him out of Valley in the 1st season of Game of Thrones (yes, GoT, very much like IoT)? Shaga son of Dolf in horn helmet who routinely threatened to chop half-man’s dick and feed it to goats if betrayed? They were always fighting each other and everybody else. Well, that analogy fully reflects today’s state of wireless connectivity technology. A bunch of disparate proprietary solutions totally ignoring and fighting each other, end user, market, anything. Years away from market.
For years I have been waiting when I’d be able to connect my smartphone seamlessly to external hard drive, TV, computer monitor, still can’t. I’m speaking about connecting two devices, not zillion, smartphone and TV. What happens with wireless display technology? Intel’s Widi (dead), Airplay, DLNA, Miracast, Chromecast, Roku, Shaga son of Dolf… No open standards, no industry consortium, turf wars. Babel tower. Still, no seamless connectivity between two devices ten years after Steve Job presented iphone, launching us into smartphone era. Yet, at each and every IT conference I’ve attended in the last four years the newly assigned IoT VPs with burning eyes and fanatical vigor picture the same beloved and well-connected fantasy of IoT as today’s reality.