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Chris Muench
Chris Muench
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4/29/2013
Many connectivity solutions just “host” a traditional website in the cloud and call it a “Cloud Service”. Their devices then connect to that website which stores the data and web pages in the cloud, waiting for mobile devices to connect and pickup this data. These solutions have existed for many years and the only thing new is that these websites are no longer hosted on dedicated web servers but are on more flexible and scalable cloud computing clusters. Most of these solutions are custom-made and require a lot of development and maintenance efforts on these websites. This is called “The Internet FOR Things”.

The Internet OF things on the other side lets devices talk to each other, make joint decision, exchange data between devices without necessarily the cloud or servers being involved. If you like "The Internet of things" is an extension to the M2M (Machine to Machine) model, just with Many devices involved like MM2MM (Many Machines to Many Machines). If one of these Things (machines) is a cloud node, the reach of these things can be extended across multiple networks and devices categories.
True Internet of Things solutions do not require the "Internet". The word "Internet" in this context is short for "Internetworking Of Things" (well, that was the original long version of the Internet in the first place, but it now makes sense to bring this term back to differentiate between THE INTERNET and The Internetwork of things). Internetworking of devices in a private network or enterprise network still represent the internet of things as devices talking to each other on the internet - maybe with the help of a cloud node.

While the "Internet FOR Things" focuses on the Cloud node, the "Internet OF Things" focuses on the devices. Don't you find it a bit strange that you have to connect to you Thermostat via the Internet in order to change your temperature from your iPhone even if you stand RIGHT NEXT TO IT? The reason is not obvious but simple: The Thermostat cannot answer the call from an iPhone - it can only make calls. Same with your iPhone - it can also only make calls ("data - calls" to be precise). So you need a "hub" in the middle that allows two incoming calls - one from your Thermostat and one from your iPhone. Then the two talk via this hub. If your internet is down - guess what - you cannot change the temperature anymore.
True Internet OF things solutions such as our C-DEngine will allow direct access to any device from any device. In essence our technology enables your devices such as you thermostat to accept secure incoming calls. And if you are on the road with your iPhone, you can still connect since our technology detects on what network you are on and routes the telegrams accordingly.

More information can be found in our C-DEngine Whitepaper below

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Chris Muench
Chris Muench
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2/17/2014
Check out a video interview we posted on YouTube on the same subject at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTZJe6CYFQI

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