The Internet of Things (IoT) is at the top of the Gartner 2014 Hype Cycle, at the "Peak of Inflated Expectations". Claims are sometimes wild and extravagant, such as over 30 billion devices to be connected to the internet by 2020, solving health, manufacturing, transport and environmental issues.
The IoT is made up of a complex mixture of sensor and actuator devices, connected to the internet by a variety of hardware and software systems, both proprietary and open source, with management systems varying from simple web pages up to "big data" processing engines.
This presentation attempts to walk through this thicket of components to shine some light on what is happening and what can be realistically expected. Important issues such as standardisation, interoperability and the elephant in the room - security are discussed.
You will come away from this presentation with a realistic vision of what the IoT is and what it can accomplish. This vision will include both the positive aspects of the IoT and the dangers it can pose.
Presenter: Jan Newmarch
Jan Is head of ICT higher education at Box Hill Institute and Adjunct Professor at Canberra University. He has published over 80 papers and 5 books on various aspects of software engineering and programming. He is currently writing another book on programming the GPU on the Raspberry Pi. He has given multiple presentations and workshops at conferences both in Australia and abroad.
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