Structure Connect 2014 recap: The internet of things is about the services, not the sensors


The internet of things will be so large — and is such a broad topic — that there are a lot of different ways to approach it.

For every person concerned about the security of the internet of things, there are other people who want to make the data it produces more sharable and portable. While some are focusing on the hardware and the sensors, there are others who believe analyzing the data from those sensors is the key. Companies can either orient themselves toward consumers or toward other businesses, and the two approaches can have wildly different goals.

This week Gigaom held its first-ever Structure Connect conference in San Francisco. We brought together experts in the “internet of everything,” or what happens when the internet goes beyond simply transmitting information and starts becoming real. Here are some of the broad themes from our two days of panel discussions and…

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