A new book on the Internet of Things
By Philippe GAUTIER on Sunday 10 July 2011, 15:46 - Web 3.0 / Internet of Things / Internet des Objets - Permalink
This book is an essay on the future of the Internet and the - now necessary - contribution of both sciences of complexity and cybernetics in information systems to meet the new challenges of sensory technologies (NFC, RFID, Barcodes, GPS, etc.) and open value chains. This essay discusses the particular impacts on economics, sociology and governance....
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The Internet is a constantly evolving ecosystem.
His last variation?... Objects, which are gradually becoming full actors in our
organizations. It is this new trend as the “Internet of Things” book will tell and
explain. The authors lead a reflection on the deeper meaning of the concept, as
well as on key issues arising.
The change is imminent, firstly due to the increasing complexity of processes to deal in
computer systems (notably through the proliferation of event and contextual
data) on the other hand the rise of object-actors , at very subsidiary levels,
are able to react - as processing management operators - to these
Result of a meeting between a professional of Supply Chain and RFID, and a
visionary expert of information systems, the book is structured in the form of
questions and answers, illustrated with diagrams and charts. It is aimed at
both professionals (technophiles warned), and less specialist readers who want
to develop their knowledge in these matters or understand the impact of this
new Internet at a socio-techno-economic level.
This book is therefore an essay on the future of the Internet and the - now
necessary - contribution of both sciences of complexity and cybernetics in
information systems to meet the new challenges of sensory technologies (NFC,
RFID, Barcodes, GPS, etc.) and open value chains. This essay discusses the
particular impacts on economics, sociology and governance....
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The Internet of Things extends Web 2.0 but
clearly raises the question of our ability to develop ever more powerful tools.
Either objects, with their associated software intelligence, become "actors /
partners" acting under our control: that is to say not only assistants but
especially counselors, policy makers, organizers or economic agents... Or we
must prepare for the digital
This revolution in progress, deeply calls into question our 'old' social,
economic or technical models: get ready for a change of the same nature as that
which took place between the vision of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein
(relativity) or Max Planck (Quantum), but also the consequences of this change
(moving from the gun to the atomic bomb)! ".
About the authors:
Philippe Gautier is executive director of Business2Any (www.business2any.com). This company is
specialized in the designing of complex decentralized and distributed systems
and software. He has a long experience as a Chief Information Officer which,
among other things, allowed him to be the first to implement all EPCGlobal standardized technologies in Europe (including
RFID UHF GEN2, EPCIS and ONS) in a pilot innovative and at an operational level
to manage - in a semi-open loop - the traceability of pallets amongst various
logistics players in the supply chain. He got the price of innovation “GS1
2005”, the SME Award 2006 (Le Monde Informatique) and two trophies for "CIO
2007" (01 Informatique): "Winner SMEs" and "Jury Special Prize”. Finally, he is
a founding member of the SEI (IES France: Internet European Society).
Laurent Gonzalez has worked for twenty years on the theme
of the supply chain and logistics in Europe, initially for corporations and
then as an independent consultant. During this experience, he became aware of
the prominence of information systems in the global supply chain. Past ten
years, Laurent Gonzalez specializes in RFID technology, first for a
standardizing organization then for its integration in the companies’ supply
chain. He was a founding member of Filrfid
(http://www.filrfid.org/), the French Association of “RFID integrators,
advisors and software editors”; and represents the Association at the European
level. He is also author of “RFID. The stakes for the companies” (AFNOR
Editions, 2008). Laurent Gonzalez also follows the work of the European
Commission Working Groups on the Internet of Things, smart cities, Smart
They have said about the book...
''"Here is a landmark book in the history of the understanding of the technological, economic, legal and societal stakes or issues of the Internet of Things. The authors had the courage to analyze this concept ... to show us, so teaching (through developed questions and clear and precise answers), that the Internet of Things is perhaps the new paradigm which Human societies will soon be confronted and whose evolution will heavily impact the future of the global economy and the representation mankind has of his place on Earth. ... The real revolution is ... that the objects - the "Cyberobjets" - are called to become new players, autonomous actors of the global economy. ... This book is so far the best explanation and the best presentation of "governance" of the Internet of Things. It addresses accurately and without taboos the issue of identifying objects, particularly in revealing issues related to the problem of "naming". He wisely recommends substituting a "control of objectives" to the current "control of means" that currently monopolizes the debate on societal issues in the Internet of Things. ... The authors also show that ... the Internet of Things also involves private information systems, community, etc.., hence a major risk of collapse – potentially leading ... to "chaos" - in the digital world which may well be unable to ensure the integration of increasing numbers of applications, including mobile. ... What is also fascinating and inspiring, is the positioning of the authors at the confluence of technology, business and philosophy. The convening of relevant authors as diverse as Homer, Henri Laborit, Lamartine, Karl Popper, Teilhard de Chardin, Boris Vian, and many others, to illustrate their arguments and conclude their work by asking clearly the key issue of the Internet of Things: the advent of "Cyberobjets" is almost the unexpected opportunity for mankind to escape the doom that promises the juxtaposition of ecological, financial, energy and society crises. To catch this opportunity, we must dare to reinvent the future by perpetuating the usefulness of objects by adding to them properties of self-learning and self-healing, that is to say to give them a kind of intelligence. The Internet of Things could then provide an alternative economic model that would no longer depend on the current “market economy” based on the increasingly rapid obsolescence of objects."''
Head of Unit “Internet of Things and Future Internet Enterprise Systems -
Enterprise Networking and RFID" at European Commission (Direction of "Information
Society and Media")- author of the book's foreword.
''"The systemic perspective adopted by this book
opens a much broader perspective, the only, I think, which allows the use of
the word "internet " next to the one of "objects ". This perspective is that of
an almost infinite combination of interconnections, combinations,
collaborations between "objects" (their properties, their presence, their
internal logic ...), the information they produce, capture and broadcast,
systems that produce or recognize them…. and human beings, as they are in the
same network, Internet. ... It is not too early
to take a serious interest in the Internet of Things, in which the book
provides a valuable introduction. Want it to be read as both a contribution to
reflection and a call to action. "''
General delegate of Fing (author of one of the book afterwords).
"The prostheses that the Internet of Things will bring us will be among
those we already have. There is no need to think of crutches, jointed limbs and
wheelchairs: everyday life, "normal" one, is based on a wealth of artifacts.
<...> To prepare for the dissemination of communicating objects, remind
yourself of your learning: how it happened when you learned to drive? As you
use a word processor? A spreadsheet? Remember your first bike lesson: that fear
of falling, you refuse to look in the corners and that made you fall in the
ditch outside. <...> It is exciting to explore the distant future but it
is urgent to take care of the near future. Accordingly, the Internet of Things
appears as a natural step in the computerization of the economy and society,
the deployment of digital technology. "
Economist (author of one of the book afterwords).