Unwritten rules are those rules that are universally accepted. When everyone plays by these same rules, the common good of the community is served and everyone benefits. The same thinking holds true for standards. This is especially true with the Internet of Things where we have thousands of vendors converging on a space so many of them want to own. Without some framework of IoT standards, we all could be in for some difficult times ahead.
This week, the newly created White House American Technology Council convened a series of policy discussions on the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), something I have discussed here in the past. The news is a welcome and timely development, given the breakneck speed at which IoT technologies are progressing – from driverless cars, to remote surgeries, to 21st Century Smart Cities. In the not-so-distant future, the IoT could be integrated into essentially every aspect of consumers’ daily lives.