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Facing the IoT Challenge from the Inside Out

Early morning on our annual Thanksgiving pilgrimage I noticed a nontrivial number of cameras along our route on Interstate 95 as we were leaving Northern Virginia. Left to entertain myself by my sleeping passengers, I began to contemplate their meaning.

Back in “the day” a surveillance camera was part of a closed-circuit system. The links between the cameras and the collection point were proprietary and required specialty cabling to each camera location. This approach was neither simple nor cost effective.

Devices are now easily connected through the Internet using mobile connections or other wireless protocols. A camera that communicates via the Internet through some form of wireless communication can now be placed virtually anywhere. Factor in that cameras have become incredibly cheap and suddenly the interstate looks like a science fiction movie with “eyes in the sky” watching over the scene.

Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT) where devices as simple as a...(continued)

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