At least here inside the Pavilion of Mobile World Congress, the Internet of Things is already a reality that has worked very well for some time. See legal examples.
Let’s start with this industrial robotic arm. The physical device was able to capture and display the speed and rotation of the virtual car engine. It sounds silly, but the same system could be applied to real cars. The transmission of such data would, for example, allow them to be used intelligently by a control center for autonomous vehicles. To complete, the car itself could use this information to better understand the driving style of the driver and suggest improvements.
In this other part of the fair, we find this intelligent electronic babysitter; to Aristotle. She is super smart, literally because the device already bets on artificial intelligence. The result is a device that responds very well to voice commands, and, of course, rely on sound and camera.
We have adopted a line of processors to provide connectivity; they provide Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and also the 15.4 protocol, which is used for home security devices, alarm systems, lamps and other things, all together on a single chip. It’s not just that they are together, they work together. There is no dispute between them.
Another challenge that the Internet of Things faces has to do with security. In fact, we have even produced a report here in the Digital Eye specifically speaking of this. The theme is complex. But at least some ideas came up here in Barcelona. One of those that caught our attention came from Canonical, the Linux distribution company behind Ubuntu. Company experts say the main security problem in this area has to do with the fact that these connected objects can hardly be monetized – which would explain the possible neglect of the industry with the security of these devices. The solution would be to allow the devices to have access to application stores, in the same way as smartphones.
With this application environment, theoretically any manufacturer could create a small virtual store with new features for their connected devices. The revenue generated by these stores, in turn, could be reverted into greater security for the Internet of Things as a whole and even for the data of its users. It’s an idea … and as a matter of fundamental importance the technology industry needs to find quick answers to the problem. Otherwise, the arrival of the internet of things with current security issues may well mean a real digital nightmare.