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The IoT Singularity is Now Where in Sight

I don't mind being in an argument from time to time about who leads the market and how IoT is being deployed.

However, it drives me crazy when arguments get circular.

I am all for the zen of all things are part of IoT.  However, my friends tell me the Internet of Things is about connectivity of sensors.

In our discussion we kind of agreed that the 50B by 2020 had to include phones, but most analysts do not count phones in their estimates of IoT markets.  This kind of explains the difference between estimates.

The next point made is that what sensors we should count then should not be the ones embedded to a smart phone.  So Uber is not part of IoT, however a Square or a tablet with a card swipe might be part of the IoT Retail.  

With me so far?

Now comes the next issue.  Using Internet technology but not being connected to the Internet.  Good examples here are drones using LTE-U, ISM or other spectrum solutions that are on private networks.  Excluded by some analysts, included by others.  If you exclude, does a VPN end up in our out?

Then comes the back end aspect of IoT Analytics. If the aggregate of the data is displayed to devices on the Internet then doe the solution become part of IoT.  And since most of the displays are smart phones or tablets we are sort of back to where we started.

At least for me.