Jop Esmeijer is an innovator and researcher at the strategy department of TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research. His main research area is the societal impact of ICT,...
Scot Stelter: RFID Stakeholders Need to Prepare for the Internet of Things
Source: „This month, a study published by the Pew Research Center's Internet Project lifted the Internet of Things (IoT) out of the CIO trade press and dropped it into the public square. The Pew IoT study solicited predictions of what the IoT would look like in 2025 from almost 2,000 "experts," with predictably divergent results. The popular press, including The New York Times, USA Today and The Huffington Post, are struggling to make sense of it. Sometimes, it sounds more like Hollywood than Silicon Valley.
The consumer impact dominates the news, including wearable computing, subcutaneous medical sensors and sensor-studded, learning smart-homes. Radio frequency identification is rarely mentioned, and the overlap with the IoT seems small. A recent survey by RFID Journal asked its readership to characterize their impressions of the IoT; one choice was "a buzzword without much substance." It would be easy for RFID professionals with their heads down to select this option, but this would be a mistake, as the IoT will have a significant impact on RFID markets and technology during the next two years.”