#009 – Things Thursday – Interoperability, Voice and Security

We can’t stop talking about voice control and some people have a problem with that. Plus, two things that can help IoT adoption are being addressed: interoperability and security.

  1. Why Is The Home Automation Industry So Obsessed WIth Voice Control? (via FastCoDesign)
    Some good points in this article. Voice control is amethod for communicating, but it’s not the only method or always the preferred method. There could be several other methods that predominate. I think in the future, we will need several. I think things like the Pop Home Switch from Logitech, texting your smart home and other types of access. Give it a read.
  2. A Chip To Protect The Internet Of Things (via IEEE Spectrum)
    This is really cool and needed in the the IoT space. Microchip is making an encrypted chip for Amazon Web Services & users of their IoT platform. This will mean that these devices will be harder to hack. This is the type of thing 2017 needs. More of this!!!
  3. 10 Companies Moving Up In Smart Buildings (via GreenBiz)
    The benefit that I think a lot of users of smart technology don’t initially catch is energy savings. In larger commercial settings, this is one of the main benefits. GreenBiz rounds up a list of 10 companies leading the charge on smart building technology. Keep an eye on these companies and think about how IoT can help you in real estate.
  4. How The Lack Of Interoperability Standards Could Be Killing IoT (via ReadWrite)
    I am very glad to see this article. Standards are the way for things to become adopted. Look at electrical work or the internet even. For these things to survive and thrive, we needed standard ways of doing things. The Internet of Things is definitely an area in desparate need of standards. As a board member of RESO, I’ve seen first hand how standards can help and help an industry thrive. There are too many competing systems in IoT and we are seeing a lag in adoption because of it. If you are interested in standards, check out this article, it’s worth the time.
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