“I may say that this is the greatest factor, the way in which the expedition is equipped, the way in which every difficulty is foreseen, and precautions taken for meeting or avoiding it. Victory awaits him who has everything in order, luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.”
Many seem to imagine that IoT will deliver them a Harry Potter-esque “Marauder’s Map” — a magical dashboard by which they can see, track and manage every “thing” where things are treated generically. Tracking chips have been around for decades. Although they’re technically viable, the generic commercial use case remains problematic. Early cycle racing technologies, which were effectively IoT by another name, can illuminate some of these problems and suggest solutions.
The fundamental Configuration Management Database (CMDB) requirement for an Internet Service Provider (ISP) is IP address management. One tool that provides this is TeemIP which is listed in this guide here. Commercial alternatives exist which includes those available from Infoblox. These database are used to record the IP addresses allocated to customers as well as internal network links. Without a workable IP address that is propagated upstream to peering exchanges a client will not have connectivity.
The South African Post Office is notorious for bad service. Letters sent via the Post Office have a low probability of delivery. This is a state owned company that is a burden to the tax payer. In times of economic hardship, we seriously need to make the South African Post Office work or close it down. Here is my idea to rescue it.
Although the technology is an evolution and one of the latest buzz words, its implementation into business is a revolution, often referred to as the 4th Industrial Revolution. Even though there is a large amount of hype associated with it, it is very real and tangible.