Next Big Thing

Access and the Internet of Things Oct 13, 2014

The first thing that most people look at when they buy a new phone is the operating system: is it MacOS, Android, or Windows? While this is an important decision, because it can determine which programs you can use to connect to the Internet, we often take for granted that we don’t have to worry whether we can connect to the Internet.
Regardless of the device that you use to connect to the Internet, there are standards that they must adhere to ensure the Internet remains open source and uses the same protocols. Regardless of the device that you use to connect, or whether you are a server or a client, everyone uses the same protocol. This is being referred to as the Internet of Things.

There are many organizations that would love to be able to control access to the Internet – whether it be a website that can only be accessed by Mac Users or a service provided limited access to their own brand of smart phone. But there are several organizations that have worked very hard to ensure that every device can connect to the Internet equally and that the protocols that are used stay open source.

Today the World Wide Web Consortium is largely responsible for keeping developers in line by creating standards that help the rival interests play well together. And recently two new organizations have been established to help keep it that way. AllSeen Alliance and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) are two organizations that have the specific task of increasing interoperability to the industry.

These groups are comprised of government representatives, corporations and members of academia that will work together bring the Internet of Things to the global community.

The Obama administration is right on board with these new initiatives. Penny Pritzker, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, is quoted by gizmag.com as saying, “By linking physical objects to the full power of cyberspace, the Industrial Internet promises to dramatically reshape how people interact with technology.”

As the world continues to be shaped by technology, Noosphere Ventures stays close to the action. After all, by helping shape the technology that we use, we shape the new sphere that we all will live in.