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|The Other “I” in IoT
Interoperability is a major contributor to the difference of “being on the Internet to being the Internet of Things.”
Chief Communications Officer,
Vice President, Marketing
We’ve all heard of the advertising slogan, “Pork, the Other White Meat.“ Well in the Internet of Things, we have the other “I in IoT.”
we see, hear and mention IoT, we immediately think the “I” refers to
the Internet and rightly so, it does. However, there is another other
“I” that gets lost in all the jargon. This “I” sits quietly behind the
scenes in a true IoT environment and is equally as important and
deserves its place in the spotlight.
So what is it? Interoperability.
Interoperability is a major contributor to the difference of “being on
the Internet to being the Internet of Things.” While we can connect all
sorts of devices to the Internet, it does not make them the Internet of
concept of interoperability is simple; it’s the ability for devices,
equipment, sensors and applications regardless if they are made by the
same manufacturer or made by different manufacturers to connect and
work together to translate and exchange data that resides within them
across different boundaries and stakeholders. When I am asked to give
an example of interoperability, perhaps one of the best examples are
phones. It doesn’t matter what company makes the phone or whether the
call is placed through a wireless or a landline connection or through
what carrier or where you call from, you can call and connect to any
Applied to IoT, that same ability for devices and equipment to communicate with each other and exchange information efficiently, regardless of manufacturer is fundamental to IoT. It is not about the number of devices or connectivity; it’s the value and outcomes that push IoT-driven by the interoperability of related connected systems, devices, people and things. IoT success comes to those who derive the most value from interoperability — not those who simply connect the most devices to their networks.
the world continues to see IoT primarily in terms of connections, it’s
the transformational value of IoT with interoperability that really
matters. Interoperability should be an integral part of any IoT design.
Interoperability enables the full potential and outcomes of IoT.
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