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My MIT EF Podcast: IoT as Internet 3.0

Last week, I had the pleasure of doing a podcast with Randall Cronk of the MIT Enterprise Forum (my alma mater) on the practicalities and challenges of using the Internet of Things (a.k.a. IoT) to solve real-world problems.

Here in an excerpt of some of the things (no pun intended) we discussed:

IoT is not just about talking toasters (or creepy monitoring), it can be use to solve many high-cost, real-world problems. We already have some clear analogies for this:

  • Commercialization of the World Wide Web (Internet 1.0) radically changed how we get information. Instead of waiting to get it physically (via mail or newspapers) we could get it instantly from our desktops
  • The mobile Internet, smartphones, mobile web and app stores (Web 2.0 or Internet 2.0). Let us take the convenience of this instantaneous access virtually anywhere. We no longer had to go back to our desks and could now look up info on street corner at a restaurant, etc.
  • The Internet of Things (Internet 3.0) takes this convenience to the next level. We no longer have to go look at things to see where they are, what state they are in, etc. We can find out without manual effort. This lets us focus on things we really care about (instead of the drudgery of getting information)

Of course, this is not a simple prospect. We have many challenges to solve. The most obvious are the ones around data connectivity and protocols (these challenges, however, are pretty straightforward). The next is privacy and security (we have models for these from regulated industries like banking, healthcare, and medicine). The next is how to handle all that information. If we do not solve this problem, connected things will swarm us with so much useless data that it will make our email inboxes look simple.

Listen to the podcast to hear more of the details

You can find it at the MIT Enterprise Forum:


or on iTunes:



Wickr Ultra-Secure Mobile Messaging: Imagine the possibilities for #mCommerce #BYOD

Note: This post is re-blogged from my RebelMouse account.

individual_conversationThis weekend, I am playing with the Wickr App. Wickr provides and ultra-secure mobile messaging App (for free, via iTunes):

  • Quadruple, encrypted military-grade encryption of messages
  • That expire (“this message has self-destructed” after elapse of a specified time
  • That can only be read on specified mobile devices
  • That is easy enough for anyone to use (cnet says that a “three-year-old could use [it]”)

This is a really compelling product offering in a world of ever-increasingly open exposure of privacy–not just for personal messaging, but conducting secure business transactions (like maintaining attorney-client privilege over mobile). It does not take too much of a stretch of the imagination so see Wickr as a great enterprise platform: allowing employees of a company to send SMS and MMS messages–on their own devices–without fear of interception or disclosure outside of the company.

However, I have got to think that Wickr’s real transformational value would be realized by using it as a secure messaging platform. Imagine being able to conduct mobile commerce–with complete privacy and encryption–over mobile messaging. Gone is the need for your customers to take the time to download an App. Instead they can just SMS their credit card number (or even an MMS picture of their card) to you, knowing it will disappear at the end of the transaction. mCommerce becomes as easy as texting–but with the security and encryption previously only enjoyed by our military and intelligence services. This would be really exciting to explore. I hope the folks at Wickr open up APIs to try this out.

Until then, kudos for a great–free product–to help us protect our privacy.