In a recent interview conducted by Tech Republic, Ron Vetter of the IEEE Computer Society said that the proliferation of smart sensors will greatly increase the number of things connected to one another as well as the kind of information and control that will be available.
“Advances and standardization in computer networking and low cost hardware have contributed to moving machine-to-machine communication forward,” said Vetter.
“The Internet of Things will talk to us, but they will spend more time talking to each other. These M2M (Machine to Machine) communications will happen wirelessly. Many people rely on M2M communications by using a Bluetooth headset, making a payment with their mobile phone or – for the early adopters with money to burn – subscribing to a 4G network.
The technology required to power the Internet of Things is already here, but some of it needs improvement. Networking devices are already here — no office is complete without a network containing printers, wi-fi routers, and mobile phones. The networking protocol IPv6 is already here, with its trillions of addresses ready for use, although it is only sparsely deployed so far. Low cost production, antenna design, and battery life could do with improvement. Privacy controls, green technology, and Thing management will need a lot of work.
The Internet of Things will lead to de-centralization. It could lead to the end of cloud computing.”