John-Paul Rooney of the Guardian recently called on readers to make way for the Internet of Things. He writes, “Growing interest in the interoperability of household appliances and the difference this could make to our everyday lives, is leading to calls for new ‘standards’ to be introduced to accelerate the way to the internet of things. Much like those used in other areas of industry where technology sharing is important, such as the telecoms sector, innovators in the consumer electronics sector and other hi-tech industries believe that the use of Europe-wide ‘standards essential patents’, could help to protect innovators’ routes to market and encourage research and development (R&D) investment.”

He goes on, “Talk about the internet of things featured strongly at the Consumer Electronic Show 2013 (CES) and Forbes magazine has recently predicted that the technology will “break-out” this year. In fact, the internet of things has already arrived. We already have TVs and set-top boxes that can be controlled remotely using a smartphone. Other household gadgets, such as hi-tech alarm systems, also benefit from similar connectivity to phones and other wireless electronic devices.”

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