According to Dr Vinton Gray Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, the Internet of Things (IoT) include more than just mobile phones and wearables. Any piece of software that gathers data in real time is considered an IoT device. For example, even a stock trading programme can be considered an IoT device.
While IoT programmes and devices are now widely used, many of them are lacking in terms of security as well as its “smart” abilities. Technical support is also slow to react, added Dr Cerf, despite decades of programming and great technological advances. “Nobody knows how to write software without bugs,” he said.
Devices are also heavily dependent on other variables such as Internet access and peripherals. “Your world should not stop working just because Internet access is down,” he said. Devices that require special batteries or adaptors could also become useless, if the manufacturers of such peripheral accessories close down.
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