IoT Promise Needs a Reality Check

Tech journalism years back touted the “Internet of Things” — an oddly named loose collective of devices. The IoT would include everything from garage-door openers to power management systems, and these disparate devices were connected. All sorts of Internet-enabled “things” would make our personal and professional lives more manageable.

Connected devices were rushed to market, trying to ride the coattails of IoT hype — some were sensible, and others were not. At the consumer level, the IoT is now best known as voice-activated devices connected to large datacentric platforms, like Amazon's Alexa or Google's Nest.

Those devices can be considered parts of an IoT sensor network, although retail devices sold to spur e-commerce aren't a good example of such a network. “IoT sensor networks — networks of small devices, or nodes that detect, analyze, and transmit physical data — are a prime example of ongoing evolution,” says the U.S. Government National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

“Fueled by the development of cheaper, smaller sensors and by users’ appetites for more smart and wearable devices, the wireless sensor network market was valued at USD 573 million in 2016 and is projected to increase to at least USD 1.2 billion by 2023,” adds the NCCoE.

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