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Intel launches Internet of Things push with tech industry call to arms

08 Nov 2013
Intel CEO Krzanich with Quark chip at IDF 2013

Intel has called on the tech industry to start turning the much-discussed and often presaged future of a fully connected world - the so-called Internet of Things - into reality.

In The Data Society Manifesto, published on Thursday, Intel outlines nine key areas in which technology companies and governments can make the Internet of Things (IoT) possible. Key focal points include higher standards of education, acting upon both privacy and security concerns, and to "stop storing everything".

Speaking at an event in London to launch the manifesto and detail the firm's new IoT division, Intel's Intelligent Solutions general manager Kumar Balasubramanian insisted that the technology is already feasible and that businesses should be working to make use of it.

"There are a lot of reasons to be excited about the IoT," he said. "It's truly not hype. It's not about IoT as a promise for IoT a decade or five years from now, this is IoT for here and now."

He said that the decreasing cost of big data analytics platforms, as well as an increasingly mobile poulation, is creating great opportunities.

Intel's Data Society Manifesto

However, Intel says that in order to make full use of the huge amount of sensor data gathered, from connected machines such as smart meters, manufacturing equipment and vehicles, changes need to be made in the way the technology industry looks at this area.

In particular, Intel made the case for training more skilled data scientists, saying this will help stakeholders to ask questions and make sense of big data pools.

Trust is also an issue the industry needs to overcome if IoT is to succeed, the manifesto states. Intel insists that companies using technology that collects consumer data need to create transparent, clear and trustworthy privacy policies if data-sharing worries are to be put to bed.

It also adds that the use of data must be controlled and anonymised where possible. A key tenet included in the manifesto reminds businesses to "remember that data represents real people".

For businesses making use of the technology, Intel recommends them to "stop storing everything". The sheer volume of data created by machine-to-machine (M2M) communicaion and IoT devices means filtering out the noise will become ever more important, the company says.

Intel's push to gain traction in the Internet of Things was given a boost at its IDF conference in September, where it unveiled its new family of small, low-power Quark processors, and the launch of its new IoT division confirms that the company wants to play an end-to-end role in the nascent IoT sector.

A recent UK government think tank report highlighted the Internet of Things as an area of huge opportunity for the manufacturing sector, but added that a number of security concerns have yet to be fully addressed, presenting a challenge to widespread adoption of the technology.

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Michael Passingham

Michael Passingham joined V3 as a reporter in June 2013. Prior to working at V3, Michael spent time at computing magazine PC Pro. Michael covers IT skills, social media, tech startups and also produces V3's video content.

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