Microsoft employee attempts to clear up confusion around IoT

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    Microsoft employee attempts to clear up confusion around IoT

    Microsoft employee attempts to clear up confusion around IoT

    Posted: 31 Dec 2015

    For most, the term Internet of Things (IoT) is a nebulous cloud of catch phrases and loosely connected peripherals. As more OEMs throw their hats into what most hope is the next form of mass computing, the meaning of IoT seems to become even further convoluted. Devices such as washers and dryers are being lumped together with home security, intelligent clothing, and hospital bedside monitors as developers sort out the best use cases for IoT, and make a mess out of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the process.

    Along with others, Microsoft has a vision of what the Internet of Things (IoT) is or rather should mean to the general public and future developers. In a post about the Art of SQL Server Maintenance, Microsoft employee Mike Wilmot waxes poetically about the Internet of Things and its architecture in our society moving forward.

    The Internet of Things may be better phrased: “Things on the Internet”… smart things that is. IoT is all about the current exponential rise of tens of billions of tiny, smart and cheap Internet-connected sensors placed all around the visible and invisible world… sensors that can be messaged as well as send messages back to us and each other. Sensors that can adjust to you and your business and adapt intelligently.

    Three things… sensors, global networks and the Cloud are all empowering IoT growth because of its economic and social benefits. Sensor capabilities continue to grow, while cloud, network and sensor prices continue to plummet. IoT sensors are really good at one thing… measuring the data in systems and reporting those measurements to a centralized cloud that has a deep analytic infrastructure capable of computing enormous volumes of data at light speed.

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    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    31 Dec 2015

  1. Posts : 1,557
    W10 32 bit, XUbuntu 18.xx 64 bit

    There already have some of this technology. They actually have a holter monitor that records when you go into afib and sends the info by wifi. I haven't done this method yet. The problem with some of these new methods will the insurance cover it?

    Cheap Global Networks? Internet is not cheap.
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    W7/64 Pro

    Your smart fridge determines that you are getting low on butter and milk and sends you ADVERTISEMENTS to your smartphone or PC for the brands that you do not use. Your smart washer and dryer does the same for detergent and fabric softner sheets. Your smart TV knows what you watch and what you buy, 'cos it communicated with your other smart appliances, so you will get personalized ADVERTISEMENTS streaming across your screen while you watch your favorite TV shows or personally owned home movies. Your smart car can be hacked by a misguided teenager standing on an overpass. Your brakes are suddenly applied for no reason, or your ignition is turned off while you are driving at highway speed surrounded by trucks and family sedans. Your smart house security system passwords have been changed by some low life basement dweller and you are locked out of your house. You then find the same low life has just hacked your car security. A ransom might be on its way. Get out your wallet. Your smart toaster now costs three times as much as dumb toaster 'cos it sends you text messages on dating sites, pimple cream and male enhacement pills while you eat your breakfast. It takes just one IOT device on your WiFi system to get hit with a botnet and they are all infected. Log on to your PC, smartphone or tablet and viola, you are screwed. Fun getting out of this one. Consider a metered ISP connection - IOT devices constantly feeding at your expense. For what? To primarily get you to buy stuff. We are being led to believe that IOT will be purely for the benefit of the user, e.g. a heart monitor, a baby monitor, a lost child locator. They are intended to provide real time feedback or used as an alert system. We applaud the application of this technlogy to these type of devices but unfortunately they are so easily hacked. Adequate security has been bypassed just to get these products 'connected ready' and to market. What is so smart about IOT ? right now, not so much.
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    Windows 10 Pro Insider

    I take it you don't want your fridge to send you a text telling you to stop at the store because you only have 1 eggs and a half a glass of milk left. Or your tooth brush texting your dentist because you only brushed your teeth once yesterday. :)
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    W7/64 Pro

    The underlying OS for IOT will probably be Android based. IOT embodies a wide spectrum of machines ranging from sensors powered by 8-bit microcontrollers to devices powered by processors equivalent to those found in smartphones.
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Linux is used for some IoT devices. Arduino's, Raspberry Pi's etc. Pi's use ARM processors. Pi's currently won't run Android. A port was started but fizzled out. I'm not sure what code Windows 10 IoT is based on. I've loaded it up a couple of times but its so restrictive in what you can do, well what I can do with it anyway. I'm not a programmer of developer so its pretty useless for me.
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    ‘Windows 10 IoT Core’ is designed for the smaller connected device. The more M2M-style devices such as ATMs, will be powered by Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise according to Microsoft. ARM is going with a combination proprietary and open source OS. Attracting developers may prove a challenge. It should be noted that ARM has never produced an OS before.

    Open source code, with Android and FreeRTOS currently leading at around 35%.

    Huawei says it will introduce an OS at just 10 kilobytes called ‘LiteOS’ primarily for wearables and cars. It will be "opened to all developers" to allow them to quickly create their own smart products and it supports "zero configuration, auto-discovery, and auto-networking.".
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    Windows 10 IoT

    I'm running Raspbian on my Pi's. It's customized to run on the ARM processor. Based on Debian I believe. I have loaded 10 IoT on my Pi, but that's about it. Just to have a look see. It's not Windows 10, they can call it that but it has no similarity to what you run on a PC. I have the Sense Hat for my Pi and have been playing around with the temp, pressure, humidity sensors. Just displaying it locally on the Pi though. I'm not even remotely close to setting it up as a IoT device. I'm not sure if I want to? Looks like a lot of work, for somebody like me with almost no coding skills.
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    Windows 10 IoT

    I like that site, go there almost every day for a look see. That pretty well sums up my experience. I just can't get there from here. Not with my current skill set. It's just to much work for me to even bother with it.
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