Internet of Things: Gadgeteers, Gatherers, Messengers, and Controllers

2 trillion (Gartner), 4 trillion (ARC), 7 trillion (IDC, PwC), 14 trillion (Cisco), 19 trillion (SoftTech). U.S. Dollars. Cumulative value-add by “IoT”. by 2020. or 2022. or 2025. or over the next 20 years. Shiny CFO and potential investor eyes. Because dough. There is quite the gap between 2 trillion and 14 trillion U.S. dollars….


Internet of Things – Terminals, Hosts, Peripherals

[This is a follow-up post to “Internet of Things or Thing on the Internet?”] The metaphor “Internet of Things” stands for the next wave of expansion of scope for distributed systems. We started the journey with centralized systems, single computers, that you had to walk up to and control with switches and that were later…


“Service Assisted Communication” for Connected Devices

There is good reason to be worried about the “Internet of Things” on current course and trajectory. Both the IT industry as well as manufacturers of “smart products” seem to look at connected special-purpose devices and sensors as a mere variation of the information technology assets like servers, PCs, tablets, or phones. That stance is…


In search of: Lightweight secure tunnel protocol for use between well-known peers

I have an immediate job opening for an open standard or multivendor transport layer security protocol that does NOT rely on or tie into PKI and especially doesn’t require the exchange of X.509 certificates for an initial handshake, supports session resumption, and can be used with a minimal algorithm suite that is microcontroller friendly (AES-256, SHA-256,…


Internet of Things or Thing on the Internet?

Terminology that loosely ring-fences a group of related technologies is often very helpful in engineering discussions – until the hype machine gets a hold of them. “Cloud” is a fairly obvious victim of this. Initially conceived to describe large-scale, highly-available, geo-redundant, and professionally-managed Internet-based services that are “up there and far away” without the user…