We've all heard the saying, "It takes a village". During my career I have seen open communities, open standards and open software transform the building of technology. Having open standards allows progress to made that is more than the sum of its parts. People working on open source initiatives are driven to work together, not against each other. They are focused on a common goal, not competing ones. Most importantly, they are doing the work because they have a passion for it. IoT is missing this important piece today. Sure, there are are few projects, but the numbers are still far too small. Standardization from the network all the way to the application layer is key in making these systems interoperate. With out interoperability, the communication fails and the whole power of IoT falls down. Let's demand more companies back an open IoT/M2M platform that can be used by everyone.
The Internet of Things is all about devices, but we shouldn't forget people are still behind it all. This space is very active with abundance of conferences, IoT Meetups, and one off events happening all over the world. If you want to see projects people are doing get out and meet them. Many times, the interesting stuff isn't posted on the internet.
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