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Robots are already in our homes, IoT should not be feared

IT professionals want to educate users about the Internet of Things
Tue Jul 15 2014, 09:54

USERS FEAR the internet of things (IoT) but don't realise it's already all around them, including in their homes, said attendees at a recent roundtable hosted by Intel and The INQUIRER.

At the IoT roundtable event in London, IT professionals from several industry sectors sat down to discuss how internet-connected devices can be used in business, and how this should be done.

In response to an INQUIRER survey, which found a high number of respondents think IoT is merely hype, Ashfaq Gilkar, the head of IT at West Middlesex Hospital, ascribed this attitude to a "lack of public perception". Meanwhile, Indi Singh Sall, technical director of NG Bailey IT Services, said that the most common barrier to the Internet of Things is fear, adding that tech experts need to start educating customers about how developments like smart buildings actually work.

However, Jeff Briks, head of IT at TBC Recycling, said that the common perception of IoT as "robots in the home" indicates that most people don't understand the technology's potential.

"They won't stop to think that there's probably half a dozen of robots in the house already," he noted.

After the discussion, we spoke with Karen Lomas, director of IoT, smart city and buildings at Intel, who discussed the firm's plans for the internet-connected devices market.

Lomas gave us an overview of Intel's push into the wearables market, the firm's quest for acquiring companies that will help make its mark in the IoT sector, and the security fears surrounding internet-connected devices.

Security was also a hot topic at the roundtable, with Intel arguing that IoT needs its own security model in order to protect user data.

Catch up on all the event's discussions on our event live blog. µ


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