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Bosch And The Internet Of Things

The Internet Of Things is that proposed Nirvana, where toasters talk to fridges, home HVAC systems receive weather reports, and so on. My problem with this intriguing concept, is that by basically turning appliances and the like into Internet-connected computers, we will be exposing them to the same risks as all other Internet connected computers. A cursory glance at any security-related web site will immediately indicate that this is A Bad Idea, at least with the current technologies in use; computers and other devices are hacked on a regular basis. Do you want some kid turning off your fridge and turning up your heat while you are out? But no one asked me, so...
Bosch, a company best known as a maker of appliances, including stoves, dishwashers, washing machines and coffee makers, is increasing its focus on the Internet of Things. Germany-based Bosch has created a new firm, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions, "for the Internet of things and services."
The Internet of Things will deliver its benefits gradually, one appliance upgrade at a timeSensor rich devices monitoring Web-enabled apps can put the worried homeowner at ease. 'Did I remember to turn the stove off before leaving the house? Is the refrigerator door open?' The Internet of Things will provide the answer.
ComputerWorld

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