The IoT is a much-marketed term as the future of all things;
the IoT is an interconnected landscape of life experiences and transactions
What is the IoT, how is it intended to work and how does that relate to how it currently works. What are the real business opportunities and how will they be measured as a success? How can your business gain an advantage or benefit? Finally, are there any risks associated with the IoT, either foreseen or not and how might they be mitigated?
What is the IoT and where does it come from?
The IoT is problematic as a description for Ubiquity a concept that has been around for a long time.
Ubiquity is a synonym for omnipresence, the property of being present everywhere
The technology that underpins ubiquity comes from defence, specifically battlefield command and control (CnC) and has been evolving since the second world war. At that time, it was essential to coordinate and protect allied forces during the war. This strategic view of the battlefield as it changed was provided first through telephone communications (easily intercepted), radio communications (also easily intercepted) and then later RADAR (Radio Detection and Ranging).
The second part of the technology that underpins ubiquity is security, the interception of communications in the second world war made it essential to provide proof of authenticity and to encode or encrypt important messages. While this was a common practice off the battlefield by people with the time to do this, the speed of change and the danger on the battlefield made this impossible, although the USA did use native American Indian code talkers this security was not embedded across all battlefields as it had also been used in the World War I but German anthropologists had attempted to learn the languages.
Post the second world war, beacon technology (encrypted identifiers) with satellite uplinks provided oversight on large assets. However, until beacons could be miniaturized while maintaining a secure satellite uplink true battlefield ubiquity could not exist. This problem was overcome during the 1990’s enabling complex CnC of navy task groups, air forces, missiles, ground force vehicles and individual soldiers. The defence industry now has access to a fully ubiquitous battlefield command and control system, however it is still controlled by human choice based upon interpretation of sometimes confusing data. This interpretation and ownership of Meaning still resides with human control.
What is the IoT now and what will it become?
The IoT is a stepping stone to Ubiquity. The commercialisation of ubiquity has been going on for a long time. It has included white goods requesting a service without customer involvement to fridges asking for milk, cars contacting the garage and customers monitoring their devices remotely.
However, it is yet to deliver the promise of true ubiquitous, open ecosystems talking to each other and creating a ubiquitous living environment by augmenting human existence, through simplification and service revolution.
Ubiquity is a network of negotiated connections, contracts with policies and attributes that are always present and open
In ubiquity the CIO once again comes to the forefront of the information exchange, management and security around products, services and things as they don’t require marketing to acquire each other’s benefits.
Open IoT Ecosystems there is an emergent human cognition language
This is devoid of the current marketing paradigm of using images to entice rather
Open IoT Ecosystems focus people on avatars in a new and more disruptive way
About Paradigm Interactions
Paradigm Interactions is a boutique management consultancy company mainly focused in the USA. The company has three core offerings, Innova8™ an 8-hour innovation process, IoT Products enabling data and Organizational Design Services company optimization in business, people and processes which are delivered as strategic consultancy.
Paradigm Interactions has two clear focus points that direct what the company works on and why it is able to aid its clients.
focused on work that changes the way the world works
and that it’s
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About the Author
Karl Smith is Computer Scientist or as he describes himself a Creative Scientist. He has a BA in Design from the 1980’s and an MSc in Interactive Technologies for E-commerce from the 2000’s. His MSc was technically focused with a large portion given over to Transformation and Very Large Databases, data warehouses, Data Mining, online analytical Processing (OLAP), web browsers and search engines, optimization, recovery and backup, database connectivity technologies. Including writing SQL in three forms (including the Edinburgh Napier University, version).
Karl Smith is the CEO of Paradigm Interactions and an acknowledged leader in the field of Human Centred Design, User Experience and Usability and has been honored with a Fellowship by the British Computer Society. He is also the Founder of several organizations including UCD UK Conferences and the Human Centered Design Society.