Some Hard Truths About IoT

Strategy
by Guest Columnist

The Internet of Things (IoT) is far from perfect, as all IT leaders are aware. Data errors, security holes, and rapidly changing and evolving standards are among the biggest issues to be wary of.

Stephen Lawson writes, “Most technologies go through a stage when everything seems possible. Personal computers in the early 1980s, the internet in the late 1990s and mobile apps around the beginning of this decade were like that.

“But so was the first unboxing of a Galaxy Note 7. In time, either suddenly or gradually, reality sets in.

“The internet of things still looks promising, with vendors and analysts forecasting billions of connected devices that will solve all sorts of problems in homes and enterprises. But the seams are starting to show on this one, too. As promising as the technology is, it has some shortcomings. Here are a few.

“Bad data. IoT systems are only as good as the data they capture, and some of it is not great.

“As much as 40 percent of data from IoT sensors may be wrong, redundant or useless by the time it gets to the cloud, according to General Electric. That makes data collection and processing harder.

“Harsh environments raise the odds that a sensor will generate bad information: Weather, vandalism and pests are among the many dangers. For better results, enterprise IoT users may need to calibrate their sensors, install redundant nodes or use one type of sensing device, like a camera, to monitor another.”

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