The underlying theme of the book is to try and answer why Cisco's and Ericsson’s forecasts in 2011 of 50 billion connected IoT devices by 2020 have not been realised…
Overall, the book shows how complex the IoT sector is in terms of all the variables regarding hardware, software and wireless standards. This is on top of the issues of handling data at scale and maintaining appropriate security as well as roaming and capturing data on the fly. If you want to better understand why the IoT has not (yet) lived up to its initial hype and what hurdles need to be overcome for it to achieve its potential then this book is a great starting point. (Martin De Saulles’ book review on Linkedin, May 5)
Tom Kang's key takeaways:
- Good point on IoT – the lack of a connectivity standard really is a bigger problem than we think.
- But on the much longer-term bright side, all technologies get hyped, then go into a slump as problems arise; these take time to resolve before gradually rising to become productive.
- And when that happens, the technology spreads faster than most people think.