NEWS: Operationally Defining The IoT, Part I

One of the most buzzed-about concepts, or industry trend if you prefer, is the Internet of Things (IoT). It is mentioned in almost every new-product announcement, and not just sensor and sensor-related devices. For example, software developer Express Logic recently launched its X-Ware Platform that is initially tailored to the ARM developer community for IoT applications. Last month, semiconductor titan TSMC unveiled an ultra-low power technology platform aimed at a wide range of applications for the IoT and wearable device markets. The platform involves several processes that promise significant power reductions for IoT and wearable products and accelerated times to market.

Everyone from software and embedded developers, through component makers, and sensor OEMs are jumping on the IoT train. And just to help things along application wise, the Internet Protocol for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance keeps everyone on track with standards and interoperability concerns. The organization recently introduced its Smart Objects Guideline – Starter Pack (SOSP) 1.0 that provides a basis for interoperability across devices connected to the IoT through an open common object model.

With IoT on the minds and tongues of many, what exactly is the IoT? Simple, you may say and rightfully so. The most common answer to that question by tech-savvy and lay persons alike is, “a plethora of sensors hooked up to anything and everything that collect data on everything and everyone, and transmit that data over the Internet to everyone and anyone.” As per the “trillion sensors” folks, that’s pretty aptly put. But we’re all tech people, so let’s get technical.

Read more at Sensors Online.