Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Milton Keynes (Who Else?) Falls For IoT Bollox
If something’s worth doing it’s worth paying for. Intel founder Bob Noyce used to say that he stayed clear of taking military money “because I thought it was an affront to any research people to say that you’re not worth supporting out of real money.”
So when Milton Keynes says today that it’s setting up an IoT network with BT and Neul, you have to wonder who’s paying for it?
Because the question mark over IoT is: What is the business case?
Interestingly, one of the only two use cases (the other being dustbin monitoring) for IoT networks instanced in today’s announcement is the provision of dynamic information on parking spaces.
That is exactly the same use case as was quoted to me by ARM’s CTO when I asked him for the IoT business case.
The only one of these I know of is the IoT-based parking scheme which has been installed in San Francisco – paid for out of taxpayer dollars.
Not what Noyce would have called “real money”.