The following is a summation of what Jason Hope believes is the biggest problem with the internet of things.
Jason Hope is a Scottsdale, Arizona based business consultant, futurist and philanthropist. Mr. Hope graduated from the University of Arizona in Tempe with a bachelors degree in finance and also holds an MBA in business administration from Arizona State University.
The biggest problem with the internet of things according to Jason Hope is not security but the lack of connectivity and uniformity across devices. The internet of things is only useful when devices are connected and can interact with one another. If they are not connected, then the usefulness of the internet of things decreases.
What Jason Hope is getting at is the lack of programs and the uniformity of them that can connect the wide spectrum of devices out there that we are currently using. A smart phone may use one type of program, while a smart parking meter may use another kind. If the smart phone and the smart parking meter used the same program and could be connected that would allow you to pay for the parking meter with your smartphone. Wouldn’t that be extremely convenient? You would not have to go out of your car and insert quarters or dollar bills. You could pay straight from your phone via a bank account instead.
Another example of where connectivity could play a big role is in vending machines. If vendors saw that a machine has run out right away, they would be able to refill it as soon as possible. The customers would benefit and so would the supplier. There needs to be greater connectivity and standardization to increase communication so that we all ultimately benefit from the internet of things.