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September 24, 2015

Lantronix CEO: Internet of Things reality still an unknown mystery

Exclusive CEO briefing: Edge computing ultimate path for IoT.

By Joao Lima

Everyone talks about IoT and the way it will change the world, but no one has answers on what it is really going to be like in the smart future.

Outlining the issues and outcomes of the smart generation, Kurt Busch, CEO at networking company Lantronix, admitted that the sector has no idea of what the world is going to be and the best the industry can do is to put the infrastructure in place for future generations to build a new world.

In order for the next generations to do so, challenges on how devices connect to transmit, receive and analyse data need to be addressed by today’s industry experts.

Taking on edge computing and Cisco’s version of it – Fog – Busch said that this is going to be the ultimate solution, where local intelligence will allow billions of connected things to work faster and smarter.

"The key for the expansion of IoT is that we are going to have to put intelligence at the edge and not put every bit of data into the cloud."

A Fog approach means that data can be analysed and translated in real-time in order to foster the creation of an IoT environment.

"Devices need to be smart at the edge and they need to be easily configured for that intelligence.

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"Once we have products that are easily configurable in the market place, have that local intelligence, that fog computing and then pass it to the cloud, it all will work seamlessly. IoT is a heterogynous network."

Once these local intelligence networks are build, IoT outcomes are unpredictable even for those at the top of the C-suite.

"I have this discussion with friends at high levels at other networking companies, and we do not have any idea what the world is going to bring.

"It is really going to be our children that will take advantage of what IoT brings.

"We are building the infrastructure today, and the infrastructure is going to be awesome, but it will be our children that are going to come up with applications and we have no idea of what there are going to be. They are just going to amaze us."

To compare how the IoT can grow, Busch said that he was part of the first wave of the internet and at that time the industry was talking about exchanging files and doing emails.

"Just like when we built the first wave of the internet, we had no idea of social networks, and now must of the population that is connected cannot live without social networks, and I think we are going to see the same thing with IoT."

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