Why the Future of IoT is Open Source

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IoT is a third “wave” of internet technology and a locomotive of open source ideas. After World Wide Web connected computers, and the mobile revolution connected people to the internet and each other, IoT interconnects everything that can collect data. Although the majority of “smart cups”, “smart bottles” and “smart clothing” do not yet provide any meaningful feedback to their owners, they paved the way for greater changes in everyday life. Which way is IoT going to take in 2018? Is it true that the future of IoT is in open source? Here are some predictions.

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According to the McKinsey Global Institute, the number of connected devices will reach 28 billion by 2020, the amount of data they will harvest will grow exponentially. Only one-third of those devices will be computers, smartphones, and tablets. The remaining two-thirds are going to be things that weren’t traditionally internet-connected, such as household appliances, automobiles, sensors, terminals, etc. Some of those can process the data they harvest. However, most were designed only to collect. IoT is expected to offer highly advanced connectivity to devices, systems, and services, going beyond machine-to-machine communication and covering a variety of protocols and applications.

Some experts argue that …

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