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Mastering Internet of Things by Peter Waher

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Defining control parameters

Actuators come in all sorts, types, and sizes, from the very complex to the very simple. While it would be possible to create a proprietary format that configures the actuator in a bulk operation, such a method is doomed to fail if you aim for any type of interoperable communication. Since the internet is based on interoperability as a core principle, we should consider this from the start, during the design phase.

Interoperability means devices can learn to operate together, even if they are from different manufacturers. To achieve this, devices must be able to describe what they can do, in a way that each participant understands. To be able to do this, we need a way to break down (divide and conquer) a complex ...

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