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The Lack of Uniform Standards for the Internet of Things is a Problem

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stanby Angela Guess

Rick Delgado recently wrote for Smart Data Collective, “As companies of all shapes and sizes create new devices intended for the Internet of Things, one sticking point has become increasingly clear: there is a significant lack of uniform standards. If the whole idea behind the IoT is to create a world where everything is able to communicate with each other, this obstacle is perhaps one of the biggest barriers of all. For example, if a company that develops smart clothing is different from a company that develops smart home technology, the chances of their products communicating are minimal. That’s because different devices will often use different communications protocols, resulting in a lack of interoperability and an experience that’s far from seamless for customers.”

Delgado goes on, “One solution to this problem is to create hub devices, allowing the user to control a variety of different IoT devices from one central gadget. But even this solution has some significant hurdles. Companies want to be the preferred choice of IoT gatekeeper, so their hub controls would only work with specific devices and not their competitors. This results in a fractured market where full IoT integration becomes extremely difficult. As long as no firm standards are established, a divided IoT market should be expected.”

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