August 17, 2015

The Internet of Things is poised to change the world and the way we live. It is akin to where the Internet was in the early nineties and in need of something to propel it forward to be a mainstream part of our lives. There is plenty of hype and activity but no standards to determine how all the things link together and communicate. This is a similar dilemma that faced the early days of the Internet prior to the emergence of browsers and search engines. Once browsers emerged the security issues became obvious. These issues could be addressed quickly within the limited number of browsers on the market. The IOT presents a bigger security risk that needs to be solved before 50 billion devices provide open access to both residential and business networks.

Today, due to a lack of standards, many apps are required to manage all your things. Manufacturers are focussed on developing and marketing their things and ways to control their things. Others are focussing on thermostats, door locks etc. No one is focussing on tying all the things together with a simple dashboard and security umbrella to isolate the things from hackers.

Four years ago we had a vision to build a platform to seamlessly allow all things to communicate. This communication platform was to enable not only voice and video but data and things to interact in a secure environment. A month later Google released an open source project for browser-based real-time communication known as WebRTC. This provided the missing piece to complete the vision.

Over the past four years considerable funds and effort have been devoted to building the platform and environment. Splora is now complete and ready for deployment. Technical breakthroughs have allowed it to be placed in the cloud for global operation.

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