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Cooking Up “Protocol Soup” for the Building Internet of Things (BIoT)

Most of the column inches dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) inevitably focus on consumer products. However last weeks’ acquisition of IoT pioneer Neul by Chinese mobile giant Huawei has shifted focus a little bit towards M2M / Industrial solutions. Huawei paid a reported $25m for Neul, who are a key contributor to the development of the Weightless IoT standard. Neul have most recently been working on M2M solutions in licensed cellular bands, which fits nicely with Huawei’s business portfolio. The Internet of Things in Buildings (BIoT) provides a very different set of challenges to those faced in the consumer world. The BIoT will inevitably have to coexist with existing equipment and data networks for a significant length of time to come. The cost of replacing hardware & software in buildings is simply too prohibitive. Therefore the BIoT will have to accommodate disparate technologies; cooking up a networking ‘protocol soup’ with ingredients like BACNet, […]

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