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User-driven Innovation for the Internet of Things

Posted on by Gerd Kortuem

It appears to me that the development of the Internet of Things has for the most part been driven by large industrial players - RFID-based supply-chain solutions related to tracking of goods are an example. However, what about the concerns of ordinary citizens and small independent players? A recent report on Vision and Challenges for Realising the Internet of Things by the Cluster of European Research Projects on the Internet of Things (CERP-IoT) is heavily industry focused and fails to mention the role of end-users and small independent developers in shaping the future Internet of Things. I believe there is a danger that this exclusive focus on industry concerns and commercial applications seriously limits the innovation potential in the IoT space and that, as a result, the Internet of Things may fall short of its potentials. I have just finished a paper on this subject (together with my colleague Fahim Kawsar) which we are submitting to the What can the Internet of Things do for citizens? workshop.