Internet of Things

There is an increasing need to share data easily, driven by innovations such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Cities and big data, within specific sectors of the economy such as healthcare, automotive and energy, and across the World Wide Web in general. Some of this data can be made fully public, whilst access to other data needs to be controlled.

There's much talk about the Internet of Things and how much the services enabled by it will be worth. Some estimate that there'll be 50bn connected objects by 2020 and the market will be worth hundreds of billions of pounds a year.

Until recently, connecting a device to the Internet of Things was expensive and difficult. But not anymore. Thanks to new, inexpensive and power-efficient chips that have come onto the market in the past year or so, almost anything can now connect to the internet. From thermostats to light bulbs and appliances, everything's getting connected.

But how secure is the Internet of Things? What do we need to do to enable trust in the IoT? What are the potential impacts and opportunities? And how can you get involved?