By Tori Wieldt on Jan 27, 2014
Sharat Chander, Principal Product Director at Oracle, assembled a panel of experts to discuss IoT: Bruno Souza, Sou Java President and JCP Executive Committee member; Stephen Chin, Java Evangelist; Jai Suri, Oracle Product Manager; Ian Ferguson, Vice President of Segment Marketing, ARM; and Rich Niemiec, Oracle database expert and the Midwest Oracle User Group leader.
The panel also discussed the challenges of IoT. Chin asked "How many people have a wireless router at home?" and many hands went up. "How many of you have updated the router firmware in the last six months?" and most hands dropped. Yes, with more devices comes more software, more management and more vulnerability. Security is a real issue, especially for devices and industries that haven't had to consider it before. And it's not IF you get hacked, but when. "You should be thinking about *survivability*, not probability. For example, what are my alternatives after my credit card number gets stolen?" said Niemiec. "One good thing about Java in the IoT space" Suri commented, "is that it provides a level of abstraction that allows for better security and quicker updates. That's especially important in devices that are out in the field for years."
Whatever it is, IoT is coming and coming fast. New applications are happening daily. The coolest IoT innovation hasn't even been thought of yet. "As good as you are as a technologist, you are completely underestimating how big and how fast the IoT wave is coming," Niemiec declared.