What's in a name? According to the Technology Partnership (TTP), a Cambridge, England-based tech firm, quite a lot.
Last week, the TTP issued a report, which I can only assume was meant to stir the collective pot that is the Internet of Things (IoT).
TTP claimed that we should really be referring the IoT as the Internet of Sensors or IoS. Why? Because it describes the IoT as nothing more than myriad sensors that feed data back over the Internet. As Steve Taylor, a senior consultant at TTP, described it, the IoT is largely "a solution looking for a problem, rather than the other way round.”
“There’s simply no point in objects talking to each other just for the sake of it and the IoT only provides the communications backbone. An Internet of Sensors looks more like the roots of a tree, with sensors of all types at the extremities, capturing and feeding data upwards to the main trunk – the Internet.”
TTP is no slouch in the tech sector: the firm has been at it for 25 years developing tech in sectors ranging from consumer products to aerospace, so one would assume it has a solid grasp on the larger picture.
That all being said, I think TTP is selling the Internet of Things far short of its potential — or, at the very least, are looking at this with tunnel vision.