Can Machines Communicate? - The Internet of Things and Interoperability of Information

Ben van Lier


In the years ahead, more and more physical objects will be connected to the Internet. These connections will enable objects to exchange and share information among themselves. This way, slowly but surely, an Internet of Things will develop. In this Internet of Things, objects are not only connected to each other, but also to people. At random communication between objects is also called machine2machine communication. This communication is based on the idea, thought up by Shannon, that communication takes place by means of messages that comprise a measurable combination of signals or information. These messages do not have any meaning or content as long as there is no information source to give meaning to this information. The combination of a Shannon message and the meaning given to it will lead to interoperability of information. Interoperability of information is here analyzed and substantiated on the basis of systems theory and sensemaking. Interoperability of Information makes new combinations possible of communication processes of subjects and objects who in this way, will form a new ecosystem comprising interconnected and intercommunicating subjects and objects.

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