Can Mozilla’s Project Things Decentralize Internet of Things?
A bid to end the monopoly over standards for Internet of Things (IoT), Mozilla recently announced an open framework for connected devices. Tech titans such as Apple, Amazon, Google, and Samsung are all trying hard to gain control over the connected devices around your smart home with their own standards. This has led to fragmentation which has become a hurdle for mass adoption of IoT. Being an advocate of the open web, it is only natural that the non-profit organization has ventured into IoT with its Project Things, an open gateway to control connected devices.
What does this mean to you?
IoT requires interoperability which is an ability to connect people, processes and things irrespective of the devices, platform, and standards. This simply means connectivity can work no matter the device, screen type, and the browser. For this to materialize, there have to be standards which enables horizontal platforms that can communicate across a variety of devices irrespective of their industry, manufacturer, model or make.
By creating vertical stacks for their integrated products, tech giants like Google and Apple are suppressing interoperability which is the need of the hour for IoT. Due to this, every IoT device installed on its own platform and ecosystem cannot work or interact with devices installed on a different platform and ecosystem. For instance, your connected thermostat running on an Android Operating System cannot interact with a smartwatch running on iOS. As customer remains locked to a particular platform, brand or a product, they will end up paying premium prices even for simple devices such as a smart light bulb.
Mozilla’s Project Things aims at decentralization of IoT and put the control and power into the hands of the consumers. With this initiative, Mozilla is planning to create an interface that enables the connected devices to communicate with each other without the need for proprietary apps to act as a bridge between the devices.
Mozilla as part of Project Things wants to create Web of Things, a horizontal application layer as an open standard on existing and proven W3C standards. This enables the makers and the service providers to use the same standards. The Web of Things gateway helps to replace any proprietary devices with an open device. Anyone can build a Things Gateway using popular devices like Raspberry Pi.
You can create an interface using to control all your connected devices not just through web-based commands but even through voice-based commands. You can control your home using Mozilla’s web app or by installing plugins. Its amazing add-on system will help you to control new protocols and devices. The release of Project Things has made it easy for everyone and not just the tech people to build their own Things Gateway to control their smart homes.
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