I'm Rich Quinnell, chief editor at IoT World and your host for this site. I say host because this is not just a place to come and read about the Internet of Things. It is a home for everyone interested in this emerging technology, a place to come and share questions, thoughts, and insights on its many aspects. My role is to make sure that the conversations stay useful and interesting.
There is a lot to talk about with the IoT. If you believe all the marketing verbiage, the age when almost everything in life will be connected to the Internet is just around the corner. Market analysts predict that by the end of the decade there will be 30 billion connected devices, with the bulk of them smart machines that accept commands and report data via a wide-area network.
Those in technology development, however, know that there is a lot of work to be done before these milestones can be reached. Endpoint devices need to be developed. Gateways that aggregate networked endpoints to the WAN must arise. Backhaul systems need to expand their capacity to handle all this data, and cloud services need to turn the data into information.
This site is here to help facilitate and guide that work. We will do this in several ways. For starters, we are continuingly adding to the site's stable of bloggers who are experts in the many fields pertinent to the Internet of Things. They will be offering up their knowledge and insights, sharing experiences and opinions, and generally providing grist for the mill of your thinking.
We also have a variety of educational resources available, both from our sponsor (Freescale) and from the editorial staff at UBM. Whitepapers, videos, and webinars will be part and parcel of the IoT World website. We'll also conduct short polls to help develop a picture of the industry's status, with cumulative results appearing as responses arrive.
But unlike traditional trade websites where the information flows one way, this site is designed to be interactive. The site's experts know many things, but not everything, and sometimes their knowledge may be more broad than deep. You are in a position to fill the details in with insights drawn from your own daily experiences helping build the Internet of Things, and you're invited to do so.
We have several mechanisms in place for you to contribute. You can post comments and questions following blogs, to which the blogger will respond. You can create new discussion threads of your own by using the reader message boards (see IoT World: FAQ for details). And you can join in on the live text chats that the site will be running, to engage in real-time discussions with our bloggers, guests, and your fellow site members.
This is a community site. Even though I manage it as editor in chief, it is also yours to guide. By asking questions, posting comments, responding to polls, and by expressing your interest and approval of blogs and other conversations through the "thumbs-up" vote icons on every entry, you will provide me with the information I need to ensure that the site's content maintains your interest and meets your needs.
So, what would you like to see covered on this site? Let me know in the comment section below.