Bryan Owen

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Bryan's IoT Postulate

Blog Post created by Bryan Owen on Jul 3, 2015

Ok, Joseph Sirosh and his connected cow case study was good, even great for out of the box thinking. Count me in as an IoT believer!


Bryan's IoT Postulate looks like this:

Business innovation potential = Brains * π ^ (Pervasive Sensing)


No disrespect to spaghetti westerns is intended by this post. 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly' is my cyber spin.


We certainly prefer a world where brain designs for good far exceed the bad and ugly plans. Collaboration for goodness is a driving force within the PI Square community. 'Badness' is pretty evident in context of cyber but 'Ugly' designs and actors aren't always so obvious. Sometimes what was once beautiful turns ugly.


For instance, automobiles have been cited as a potential sweet spot for IoT applications. Now consider this recent public recall notice:

"In these vehicles, it could be possible for the engine to continue to run after turning the ignition key to the “off” position and removing the key, or after pressing the Engine Start/Stop button."


Time will tell if the bug is 'cyber' bad or just ugly. More to the point, is potential ugliness of getting the fix. How many affected vehicles will really get updated? Is there a better way? See my teaser on Patching ICS at Ludicrous Speed.


We have this same update servicing challenge across the industrial software solution space. IoT and cyber may well be the catalyst for this kind of innovation.


In the meantime, please keep collaborating and share good practices for maintaining your PI Infrastructure.