The kind of format war familiar to most of us is the battle for the territory beneath our televisions. As we know from the years-long rivalries between Betamax and VHS, and then Bluray and HD DVD, they are grizzly affairs that often end in tears, shed over once cutting-edge, now defunct products.
A format war in the internet of things could be even more stifling, given its premise to connect currently “dumb” objects to each other. Some predict, however, that it would be a foregone con if industry leaders bypass industry standards for their own interoperable ecosystems.
If the so called internet of silos is going to transform into the internet of things and be fully interoperable, most industry insiders accept that there needs to be at least a framework for the basic set of interfaces between objects.
The method for establishing a framework and standards, and what they should contain are much contested topics. There are scores of groups devoted to their creation, which discuss not just the technical composition of an interoperable internet of things, but also the wide-ranging ethical implications.
A panel of industry experts will be coming together from 1:00-2:30pm (BST) on 28 July to discuss the big questions about standards, including:
- How do we avoid big tech companies from siloing their IoT offerings?
- What role does government have to play in the development of standards?
- Should standards enforce a centralised or decentralised internet of things?
- How can standards protect consumers from cybersecurity breaches?
- How can standards protect consumers’ privacy?
- Are standards essential or are there other ways of ensuring interoperability?
Expert panel to follow
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