IoT & Industry Regulations: New Standard in Global Business

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Re: IoT & Industry Regulations
Deborah Grant   6/1/2015 3:44:23 PM

Thanks very much for your comment, Mr. Divakar.  I see from your Linkedin profile that you are an esteemed researcher in Silicon Valley, and I appreciate your taking time to read my article.

This blog was taken from a much longer article that had been divided into four parts, as a series.  This may have caused a little bit of confusion in the presentation of this material.  Of course you are correct in stating that RoHS2 applies to all of electronics under the jurisdiction of the European Commission, to better control the proliferation of hazardous materials in the environment (for other readers, a FAQ sheet can be found at the European Commission website).  

 Also, just to clarify on your point about regulations for IoT.  My organization provides Enterprise Labeling Solutions that are "agnostic" regarding regulations and standards.  We have observed, however, that standards and regulations are frequently changing, and even increasing, in a variety of industries today, including electronics.  There is an irreversible trend toward benchmarking standards, which subsequently often become regulations.  I can envision a world in which products containing IoT objects could become subject to special standards, and in turn become more regulated. In today's regulatory environment, it is difficult for organizations to keep up with all the labeling changes required. My relevant point here is that Enterprise Labeling Solutions can easily accommodate any standards or regulatory requirements for changing label data.  For more information about Enterprise Labeling, you might enjoy a joint report by VDC Research and Loftware on the Loftware website, titled "Enterprise Labeling--A Supply Chain Strategic Imperative."

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Re: IoT & Industry Regulations
docdivakar   5/29/2015 12:36:14 PM

RoHS2 regulation are not specific to IoT and apply to all electronic hardware. As regards to "smart" products incorporating IoT that the author claims will need to be "regulated", I am not sure if regulation is the operating word! All components that constitute an IoT product go thru reliability tests as is the normal practice. More over, IoT does NOT make any product safe, it only reports its state of operation. For example, a bridge being monitored for earthquakes by a sensor network owes its safety to the bridge design itself and NOT the IoT network! The safety of the bridge is covered by the regulations like International Building Code (IBC), Federal Highway Admin (in the US for example), etc.

I don't believe in new regulations for IoT other than what already exist in the electronic industry.

MP Divakar

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