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Re: Here’s the one thing someone needs to invent before the internet of things can take off

From: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:51:23 +0100
Cc: Public Web of Things IG <public-wot-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <32940700-8DD8-4485-9CCA-6FF146ECD9B5@w3.org>
To: "Lynn, James (Fortify on Demand Security Services)" <james.lynn@hp.com>
XML or JSON aren’t sufficient by themselves.  We need semantics, data formats, and bindings to scripting languages and protocols, e.g. HTTP, Web Sockets, CoAP, MQTT, STOMP and XMPP. We also need a consistent approach to security, for instance, see: Bruce Schneier’s  post: "The Internet of Things is Wildly Insecure — And Often Unpatchable"

    https://www.schneier.com/essays/archives/2014/01/the_internet_of_thin.html <https://www.schneier.com/essays/archives/2014/01/the_internet_of_thin.html>

— Dave

> On 10 Apr 2015, at 13:39, Lynn, James (Fortify on Demand Security Services) <james.lynn@hp.com> wrote:
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> Interesting indeed. But isn’t XML sufficient to handle all of these needs. Just splitting hairs perhaps but I think what is really needed is a standard IoT Schema (or set of Schemata) and accompanying semantics.
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> Jim Lynn
> James.Lynn@hp.com <mailto:James.Lynn@hp.com>
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>  
> From: Dave Raggett [mailto:dsr@w3.org] 
> Sent: Friday, April 10, 2015 8:19 AM
> To: Public Web of Things IG
> Subject: Here’s the one thing someone needs to invent before the internet of things can take off
>  
> Interesting blog post
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> a critical piece of the internet of things puzzle remains to be solved. What engineers lack is a universal glue to bind all the of the “things” in the internet of things to each other and to the cloud.
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> and a little later
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> The internet of things has yet to find its HTML
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> See:
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>   http://qz.com/158782/heres-the-one-thing-someone-needs-to-invent-before-the-internet-of-things-can-take-off/ <http://qz.com/158782/heres-the-one-thing-someone-needs-to-invent-before-the-internet-of-things-can-take-off/>
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> This is similar to what Intel’s Mike Bell says:
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> Eventually, something like HTML, the language of the web, will be required to make the internet of things realize its potential. “Interoperability is critical”
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> In essence, the IoT is beset by product silos and a plethora of approaches and platforms with very little interoperability.  We’re beginning to see a repeat of the mobile arena with companies vying to own the ecosystems they set up. Most will fail, leaving a few competing and non-interoperable platforms. This fragmentation presents many challenges to developers who want to deliver services across platforms. The solution will be to expose these platforms through the Web with a new class of web servers that provide an open framework for the Web of Things by analogy with the Web of Pages, enabling world wide discovery and interoperability.
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> More specifically, we could have web servers that expose “things” as proxies for physical or abstract entities, and model these in terms of events, properties and actions, with bindings to scripting APIs and to a variety of protocols to support REST communication patterns like push, pull, pub-sub and peer to peer. 
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> A “thing” description language would play the role of HTML, and provide for core metadata and relationships to other things, as a basis for discovery and interoperability through matching both semantics and data formats. Servers could be designed for a wide range of scales from the cloud through to microcontrollers. I am working on a write up with further details, and look forward to presenting this at the upcoming Munich face to face.
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> —
>    Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org <mailto:dsr@w3.org>>

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   Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org <mailto:dsr@w3.org>>




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