The 'Internet of Things'

Esmeralda Swartz

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As we move closer toward everything-as- a-service (XaaS), the title "Internet of Agents" seems to fit what is really happening. Agents are systems and devices that sense what is going on, and they exchange information with and act on behalf of other agents and people in ways that ultimately result in useful services being performed. When we start to view the delivery of services as a distributed cooperative effort conducted by millions of agents, as opposed to the actions of a few dedicated and single-minded service platforms, we start to get a glimpse of the huge potential of the Internet of Agents. We also must face the challenge of keeping track of this expanding service universe: managing security and permissions, making the dynamic portfolio available and usable, and ultimately monetizing all of this and ensuring that each contributor to these increasingly com... (more)

Monetizing Complex Services of the Future

In my last blog, I speculated about some of the opportunities that could arise from the implementation and subsequent evolution of SDN and NFV across virtual carrier networks. With companies like Google well-advanced in the implementation of an SDN control plane to manage its flow of bits around the world, service providers are quickly realizing they need to move. There will always be a need for some kind of communications fabric to deliver information (today, in the form of strings of bits) from one physical location to another. NFV and SDN provide a roadmap for building ubiquito... (more)

Cloud-As-It-Is Versus Cloud-As-We'd-Like-It-To-Be | Part 1

It is hard to believe that there was a time when "the cloud" didn't exist. Then, maybe 50 years ago, a lot of cloud-like things started to happen, such as remote computing, networked computing, resource sharing, virtual networks, and then, eventually, the Internet. But it still wasn't the cloud. Large-scale virtualization of computing and increasingly powerful ways of managing and sharing that computing power resulted in the term "the cloud." Everything was up in the air for a while as various vendors tried to align their own ideas of what the cloud might be with other ideas, and... (more)

The 'Internet of Things' Becomes Mainstream | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Internet of Things Becomes Mainstream, What Happens Now? | Part 2 How do you know when a technology has become mainstream? A good clue may be when politicians start talking about it on the campaign trail and with mainstream media. David Cameron, the UK prime minister, was the latest, indicating that the world was now on "fast-forward" with the Internet of Things (IoT) ushering in the new industrial revolution. No mention of IoT targeted at the masses would be complete without the clichéd example of the communicating fridge. While it is easy to get caught up in the hype and over-... (more)

Uber Taxis and New Business Models

A recent post by John Wilmes on the TM Forum website caught my eye for drawing a parallel between the Uber car service business model and the telecom service provider business model as network functions virtualization (NFV) becomes a reality. Wilmes uses this metaphor to remind us of the potential value of dynamic pricing as a tool in carrier efforts to match supply to demand. He also cautions service providers to be careful how they sell the message of dynamic pricing to their customers. So far, so good. However, this gave me pause: "NFV will let them [operators] create more of ... (more)