User-driven Innovation for the Internet of Things
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.