Does this proposal cover only the devices (the things) or is it also intended to cover the communications and messaging channels, the (typically cloud) storage/reporting service, and other associated technologies/infrastructure ?

Proposal: Internet of Things

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Alcaraz et.al 2010 discusses this a bit from the perspective of security. Alcaraz considers that perhaps a complete integration is a security challenge.

As identified by Atzori et al, Internet of Things can be realized in three paradigms; internet-oriented (middleware), things oriented (sensors), and semantic-oriented (knowledge).

As a new StackExchange site, I think IoT should focus on the edge (or fog) computing as much as the wireless sensor networks (WSN) themselves and the communication/transmission of data vs. information that propagates from this nexus.

Because WSN are embedded systems there will be overlap with other disciplines. The power that arises from this integration and overlap is why the NIC labeled the IoT one of the top 6 most disruptive civilian technologies. While specific hardware or software questions might be better suited to Electrical Engineering and code issues to StackOverflow, the questions and explorations of the artifacts of connectedness is what should be applied here.

Specifically, Atzori 2010, states that the "Main enabling factor of this promising paradigm is the integration of several technologies and communications solutions."

As with many developing industries, and especially with technology, there will be difficulties drawing boundaries as to what is or isn't IoT relevant. As the IoT is basically defined by a nexus of embedded systems

Alcaraz, Cristina, Pablo Najera, Javier Lopez, and Rodrigo Roman. 2010. “Wireless Sensor Networks and the Internet of Things: Do We Need a Complete Integration?” 1st International Workshop on the Security of the Internet of Things (SecIoT10). https://www.nics.uma.es/biblio/citekey/calcaraz10.

Atzori, Luigi, Antonio Iera, and Giacomo Morabito. 2010. “The Internet of Things: A survey.” Computer Networks 54 (15). Elsevier B.V.: 2787–2805. doi:10.1016/j.comnet.2010.05.010.

(NIC) National Intelligence Council: Disruptive Civil Technologies: Six Technologies with Potential Impacts on US Interests out to 2025. Appendix F: The Internet of Things, http://www.dni.gov/nic/confreports disruptive tech.html

  • @Helmar, I would be interested in any feedback you might have... let me know! cheers
    – c0ba1t
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 15:49
  • That sounds like a good place to start the meta discussions about the scope when we enter the beta
    – Helmar
    Commented Nov 12, 2016 at 11:47
  • Accepting this answer. My main concern is how many questions will be migrated to other S.O. sites : Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Electrical Engineering, StackOverflow, Networking etc... I suspect there will be a lot of overlap... Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 9:33
  • definitely. But I see migrated questions all the time on a ton of SE sites. that flexibility is required and will help establish what the IoT is. thanks for the selection.. not I edited the answer
    – c0ba1t
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 14:17

Yes. Apart from devices, is it also intended to cover the communications and messaging channels, the (typically cloud) storage/reporting service, and other associated technologies/infrastructure.

Here is the list of major components which this site covers:

1) Physical Objects: Things.

2) strong text: Sense the physical environment.

3) Actuators: Affect the physical environment.

4) Virtual Objects: Electronic tickets, Agendas, Books, Wallets.

5) People: Ex.: Humans can control the environment via mobile apps.

6) Services: Ex.: Cloud services – can be used to:

• Process big data and turn it into valuable information

• Build and run innovative applications

• Optimize business processes by integrating device data.

7) Platforms: Type of middleware used to connect IoT components (objects, people, services, etc.) to IoT. Provide numerous functions:

• Access to devices

• Ensuring proper installation/behavior of device

• Data analytics

• Interoperable connection to local network, cloud or other devices.

8) Networks: IoT components are tied together by networks, using various wireless and wireline technologies, standards, and protocols to provide pervasive connectivity.

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