Panel discussion Internet of Things - CeBIT 2016

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It was my pleasure to join the panel discussion "Connecting Business (and Industry)" at CeBIT 2016 in Hannover.

The panel discussion focused on the next steps on the path to the Internet of Things (IoT).

The technical components of the IoT are generally available. However, very often the integrated environment has to be created yet. As a main obstacles are named a lack IoT standards as a prerequisite for interoperability, or the legal framework, and questions of security of critical IoT infrastructures.

At the beginning of the panel Stephen noted that when people talk about the IoT, it tends to be explained using examples relevant to consumers: smart fridges, light bulbs, thermostats, weighing scales and so on. But the IoT also promises to have a tremendous impact on business and industry.

The speaker had a chance to select a single example of IoT and explain it in a under a minute. In the mean time there are a lot of IoT examples out there from smart factories, connected filling stations or agriculture with the milk-producing sector.

The main questions during the discussions were following:
  • What do you think are the most important technological enablers for the rise of the IoT?
  • What are the biggest challenges to greater adoption of the Internet of Things?
  • How can we move towards better standardization?
  • Some people worry that having a large number of connected devices could provide a huge “attack surface” for criminals. Others worry about the privacy implications of so many monitoring devices. How would you reassure these people? How can security be improved?
The topics have been analysed from different point of view of each speaker. And that it is this very mixture of perspectives that made the discussion so valuable.

For the companies interested in engaging with the IoT the speakers made appropriate recommendations for the first step:
  • start now
  • no fear of failure
  • start small think big
moderated by Stephen Cass, Senior Editor (IEEE Spectrum)

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