Welcome!

@ThingsExpo Authors: Jason Bloomberg, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Carmen Gonzalez, Pat Romanski

Blog Feed Post

The Internet of Many Different Things – Are We There Yet?

by Vikram Mehta, Chief Executive Officer, Kaazing

vikram-mehtaPer my earlier blog post, no matter whose research you believe, there is no arguing that the years ahead will see an explosion in the number of “Things” that can and will connect to the Internet – all with the good intention of making our world a better place.

Let’s step back for a moment to take a wide-angle view of the IoT landscape. Today, we live in a Web Wide World where Internet-connected devices are increasingly vital to our lives, business and society. The conventional request-response protocol of the old ‘walkie-talkie’ Web gets in the way of mobile apps, low-latency communications and high-speed enterprise messaging. KAAZING is fixing that problem with event-driven, real-time and right-time Web Communications for the coming billions of Internet-connected things.

Quite simply, the faster we can help enterprises make the move to help Kaazing accelerate the Web for all the Internet-connected Things, the better we all will like it! Despite advances in discrete technology and our desire to move rapidly to this new and better world full of machines communicating with other machines (M2M), humans communicating with other humans (P2P), and humans communicating with machines (P2M), the underlying communications infrastructure, legacy enterprise systems, applications, and everything surrounding an enterprise’s IT infrastructure are holding us back.

Picture a gigantic freeway system that serves as a means to get you from point A to point B safely, on-time, every time, at any time of the day, at any day of the week, and any week of the year. Now what if I told you that this freeway had an on/off-ramp every few hundred yards and that traffic wanting to use this freeway was doubling every week? To make matters worse, what if I added that the incidence of breakdowns and accidents was on the rise? What would it be like to use this freeway everyday to commute to and from work, for the rest of your working career?

Everything about the Infobahn (the Internet), from the underlying protocol used by the entire World Wide Web. (HTTP) to discrete infrastructure like firewalls, proxies, and Web front-ends of application servers, creates the same effect as I described in the preceding paragraph. Now 24 years old, it would not be an exaggeration to say that HTTP – unidirectional, slow, laden with considerable overhead, and inefficient – is perhaps the single biggest barrier keeping us from getting to the $14-15 trillion treasure trove described earlier in this blog.

As Kaazing Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer John Fallows likes to put it – and yes he’s rather droll:

“Humankind is Homo Duplex, equipped with a two-way brain and highly adept at full-duplex processing – talking while simultaneously listening, for example. The current Web, however, thanks to the historical assumption that online services should only speak when they are spoken to, is conspicuously only half-duplex.”

Since, in the IoT world, the Web is going to be shared by 50 billion+ “Different Things” that are always-on, always-connected and always trying to communicate, it needs to be full-duplex, secure, scalable and fast.

However, HTTP, the language of the Internet of today, is like the telegraph network of the 1800s – unidirectional, slow, laden with considerable overhead, and inefficient. This is because it was designed to serve up static information in response to requests for such information. It was never designed to be continuously communicating your vitals and keeping your doctor informed in real time; and it was not designed to give your doctor the ability to push a message to your Internet-connected wrist watch that reads – “your heart is experiencing extreme stress; please take an Aspirin and lie down immediately; paramedics are 20 seconds away.”

Seventeen million people die each year of Cardio Vascular Disorder (CVD). One of the promises of how IoT is going to make life better for everyone is providing such at-risk individuals a “Connected Care” service that allows them to go about their lives as they usually do, while having the peace of mind that the Internet-based Connected Care service they subscribe to will ensure that they always get timely, predictive medical assistance. In the United States alone, for example, approximately 26 million people who have been diagnosed with heart disease could benefit from such a service.

Vital statistics for 26 million human beings transmitted over the Internet 24×7 and event-driven alerts coming back to the 26 million subscribers – all over the Internet! Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

Doing all this over a network that behaves much like a telegraph network of the 1800s – now there is a sobering dose of reality.

In an IoT world, the Internet will be shared by 24-50 billion “Different Things” (a number far greater than what’s connected via the Internet today); always on, always connected and always communicating.

As a subscriber to a Connected Care service how would you be sure that your doctor can message you reliably, securely, and at IoT speed on your Internet-connected SmartWatch if a remote review of your vitals tips him off that you’re about to suffer a coronary event that could permanently damage the valves and muscles in your heart. As things stand today, his message might come too late…or simply never get to you!

Now, how much surer would you feel if I said that some day there could be as many as 340 undecillion (340,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) Things sharing the Infobahn at the same time that your doctor was trying to get a vital message to you before permanent damage is caused to your heart?

___

Next blog, I’ll be taking a look at how the technology industry typically approaches Internet, Web and Enterprise Communications challenges.


Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Jonas Jacobi

Jonas has 21 years of experience leading the development of innovative technology products and services. Together with Kaazing’s Co-Founder & CTO John Fallows, he pioneered and championed the groundbreaking HTML5 WebSocket standard. Prior to co-founding Kaazing he served as VP of Product Management for Brane Corporation, a Silicon Valley startup dedicated to developing a market-leading enterprise platform for building model-driven apps. Before Brane, he spent 8+ years at Oracle where he served as a Java EE and open source Evangelist, and was Product Manager in the Oracle Application Server division for JavaServer Faces, Oracle ADF Faces, and Oracle ADF Faces Rich Client. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences on accelerating and scaling secure enterprise-grade WebComms (Web Communications).

@ThingsExpo Stories
The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, data security and privacy.
SYS-CON Media announced that Cisco, a worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow, has launched a new ad campaign in Cloud Computing Journal. The ad campaign, a webcast titled 'Is Your Data Center Ready for the Application Economy?', focuses on the latest data center networking technologies, including SDN or ACI, and how customers are using SDN and ACI in their organizations to achieve business agility. The Cisco webcast is available on-demand.
IoT is still a vague buzzword for many people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Kavis, Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, discussed the business value of IoT that goes far beyond the general public's perception that IoT is all about wearables and home consumer services. He also discussed how IoT is perceived by investors and how venture capitalist access this space. Other topics discussed were barriers to success, what is new, what is old, and what the future may hold. Mike Kavis is Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Pa...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly in the process of breaking from its heretofore relatively obscure enterprise applications (such as plant floor control and supply chain management) and going mainstream into the consumer space. More and more creative folks are interconnecting everyday products such as household items, mobile devices, appliances and cars, and unleashing new and imaginative scenarios. We are seeing a lot of excitement around applications in home automation, personal fitness, and in-car entertainment and this excitement will bleed into other areas. On the commercial side, m...
Dale Kim is the Director of Industry Solutions at MapR. His background includes a variety of technical and management roles at information technology companies. While his experience includes work with relational databases, much of his career pertains to non-relational data in the areas of search, content management, and NoSQL, and includes senior roles in technical marketing, sales engineering, and support engineering. Dale holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, and a BA in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to evolve the way the world does business; however, understanding how to apply it to your company can be a mystery. Most people struggle with understanding the potential business uses or tend to get caught up in the technology, resulting in solutions that fail to meet even minimum business goals. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO / President / Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., showed what is needed to leverage the IoT to transform your business. He discussed opportunities and challenges ahead for the IoT from a market and technical point of vie...
Things are being built upon cloud foundations to transform organizations. This CEO Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Roger Strukhoff, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo conference chair, addressed the big issues involving these technologies and, more important, the results they will achieve. Rodney Rogers, chairman and CEO of Virtustream; Brendan O'Brien, co-founder of Aria Systems, Bart Copeland, president and CEO of ActiveState Software; Jim Cowie, chief scientist at Dyn; Dave Wagstaff, VP and chief architect at BSQUARE Corporation; Seth Proctor, CTO of NuoDB, Inc.; and Andris Gailitis, C...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CodeFutures, a leading supplier of database performance tools, has been named a “Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. CodeFutures is an independent software vendor focused on providing tools that deliver database performance tools that increase productivity during database development and increase database performance and scalability during production.
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops using a visual drag-and-drop application – and eForms-buildi...
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, discussed how to take advantage of a multitude of compute options and platform features to make cloud the cornerstone of your online presence.
SYS-CON Media announced that Splunk, a provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, has launched an ad campaign on Big Data Journal. Splunk software and cloud services enable organizations to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine-generated big data coming from websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors and mobile devices. The ads focus on delivering ROI - how improved uptime delivered $6M in annual ROI, improving customer operations by mining large volumes of unstructured data, and how data tracking delivers uptime when it matters most.
Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity.
Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) are increasing at an unprecedented rate. The threat landscape of today is drastically different than just a few years ago. Attacks are much more organized and sophisticated. They are harder to detect and even harder to anticipate. In the foreseeable future it's going to get a whole lot harder. Everything you know today will change. Keeping up with this changing landscape is already a daunting task. Your organization needs to use the latest tools, methods and expertise to guard against those threats. But will that be enough? In the foreseeable future attacks w...
As enterprises move to all-IP networks and cloud-based applications, communications service providers (CSPs) – facing increased competition from over-the-top providers delivering content via the Internet and independently of CSPs – must be able to offer seamless cloud-based communication and collaboration solutions that can scale for small, midsize, and large enterprises, as well as public sector organizations, in order to keep and grow market share. The latest version of Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite gives CSPs the capability to do just that. In addition, its integration ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that ActiveState, the leading independent Cloud Foundry and Docker-based PaaS provider, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit New York, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. ActiveState believes that enterprises gain a competitive advantage when they are able to quickly create, deploy and efficiently manage software solutions that immediately create business value, but they face many challenges that prevent them from doing so. The Company is uniquely positioned to help address these challenges thro...
“The age of the Internet of Things is upon us,” stated Thomas Svensson, senior vice-president and general manager EMEA, ThingWorx, “and working with forward-thinking companies, such as Elisa, enables us to deploy our leading technology so that customers can profit from complete, end-to-end solutions.” ThingWorx, a PTC® (Nasdaq: PTC) business and Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider, announced on Monday that Elisa, Finnish provider of mobile and fixed broadband subscriptions, will deploy ThingWorx® platform technology to enable a new Elisa IoT service in Finland and Estonia.
From telemedicine to smart cars, digital homes and industrial monitoring, the explosive growth of IoT has created exciting new business opportunities for real time calls and messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ivelin Ivanov, CEO and Co-Founder of Telestax, shared some of the new revenue sources that IoT created for Restcomm – the open source telephony platform from Telestax. Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. He is the co-founder of TeleStax, a...
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services...
The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Bagnulo, Solution Architect / Software Engineer at SOA Software, focused on desi...