22 Apr '16, 3pm

What the Internet of Things Needs: Systems Engineering

What the Internet of Things Needs: Systems Engineering

Just a few days after a very cold New Year’s Day in Washington DC, Brad tweeted, “I trust nest 2 keep my pipes from freezing @ 2nd home 450 miles from where I live; but nest is offline-hope my pipes don't burst.” His concern? The stylish, high-tech Nest thermostat he had installed stopped operating, leaving his distant, unoccupied home without heat. News sources reported that “a software update had gone wrong, forcing the thermostat's batteries to drain and rendering it incapable of controlling temperature.” While any electronic component can experience hardware or software bugs, the increasingly interconnected nature of things brings both more functionality and more risk of failure. The reason? Systems engineers will tell you it is because of these new systems’ inherent complexity. It’s simple math. The more interconnections between independent components or subsystems wi...

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