As we prepare to say goodbye to another calendar year, I am regularly asked about where I think the IoT is going in the next year.  Last year, we provided our top predictions for 2016 and this year, I plan to do the same – but with a little twist.  I also want to explore some of the predictions that may not have come true.  Looking back at the original blog, I do believe the things we called did in fact happen.  But there were certainly other predictions discussed as an industry that might need a little more time to become reality.  So let’s start there.xively_2016

Standards Would Emerge to Move the IoT Quickly Forward

While I am a firm believer that 2016 was a great year for the IoT, many of us thought that we’d see much more standardization than we did.  Standards are important for a lot of reasons – security, interoperability and even long term sustainability.  The promise of the IoT is that everything will be connected.  For example, your smart thermostat knows that you have left the house and tells the lights to turn off.  As such, no one wants to buy a product that only works with only one or a small handful of other IoT products – they want products that can be universal.  That will work with products on the market now and anything new and innovative that will hit store shelves in the future.  Standards will be necessary to move the IoT to the mainstream.  Additionally, they also help move projects forward quicker as companies don’t need to spend time determining the best way to approach product development.


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