IoT Myths And Facts


One of the most trending topics these days in technology sector is the internet of things. But all the so called internet of things facts and predictions are not true. There is an equal amount of myths prevailing often misleading enthusiasts.

Here are the most prevailing myths about Internet Of Things you all should know.

Myth-Internet of Things is only M2M centered

Fact-There is many aspects of a machine-to-machine centered environment in IoT but it is no way only focused on M2M. In internet of things the communication is not only between machines, there can be a number of other hosts that can act as controllers as well as repository centers. Also remote monitoring is also an important aspect of IoT which uses predominantly smart phones.

Myth-Internet of things is only about “Things”

Fact-True magic of IoT is not created by the things we connect but the data these things create. Collecting this data, processing and developing strategies around the useful information thus gained is what’s IoT is about.

Myth- IoT is just about sensors or big data

Fact-Sensors are integral part of IoT environment as they are source of information for devices but they are not only important. Maintenance and management of IoT devices and other devices that communicate with them is also internet of things.

From its very definition Big Data is extraction of useful information from giant immense collection of data collected from various IoT sources ranging from home devices to smart phones. But not all IoT applications are centered across big data and vendors may want data from users which is necessary only for specific purpose like advertising. This necessarily doesn’t require big data implementation.

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Myth- IoT Standards is non existence

Fact-Neither there is no IoT standard nor there’s only one. There are many standards that control and restrict the development of IoT applications. There are standards like wireless Thread standard from Thread Group but most of the standards of IoT are established on existing standards like the IPv6 communication protocol, the MQTT embedded control protocol and the 802.15.4 wireless protocol.

What is important to know is there is no one ruling standard that controls the developments in internet of things domain. We are not going to have one any sooner either. Due to presence of different verticals and domain centered nature of IoT applications it is unlikely that one standard will dominate others.

Myth-Internet of Things security concern will always remain

Fact-It is true that the security concerns of internet of things are more than any other computer or embedded device but they are not ultimate. Highly connected structure of IoT environment is the reason why most security concerns rise. However development of new IoT standards like communication protocol TLS are actively addressing these issues.

Also hardware manufacturers are paying attention to hardware based security. For instance the latest Cortex-M class microcontrollers, ARMv8-M from ARM are provided with TrustZone support. All these steps will ensure that IoT devices and applications are more secured in future.

Myth- IoT Devices will be part of one family

Fact-Another perception about IoT devices is they all will work together. While there are some extensible IoT platforms like from Thread Group and ARM that support solutions and services from multiple vendors, most of the devices will be standalone or will have accompanying cloud based services from the same vendor.

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Myth-Wireless connectivity is must for IoT devices

Fact-Not necessarily all IoT devices should be wireless they can also be linked through Ethernet or USB connections. The main requirement is to have connectivity support to work other cloud hosts, routers and peers. Transient connection can also be used for this based on the purpose of the IoT device.

Myth- IoT development is easier

Fact-Most IoT vendors want you to believe that development of IoT applications is easy but there is a twist in the tale. Getting your device up and running is just tip of the ice berg that can be achieved with any IoT development kit in few hours. However the real challenge is to get your device connect with other devices, monetize its operation and all of this while maintaining security and reliability.

Are there any other internet of things facts or myths we missed? If so feel free to inform us about them in the comments section, we will include them in the list.

I have worked with IT industry for 3 years now. As the managing editor of Internet of Things Wiki, my sole motive is to keep our readers informed and knowledgeable. Apart from this i am working on consumer electronics projects with Amiko.