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Rethinking the Internet of Things: A Scalable Approach to Connecting Everything by Francis daCosta

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CHAPTER 3

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On the Edge

Although the backbone architectures of networks garner the most attention, the actual drivers of network deployments are the devices at the edge. If that statement seems odd, consider desktop architectures such as twisted-pair Ethernet and the near-ubiquitous Wi-Fi, neither of which made great strides until the technologies were embedded in silicon and offered nearly free on every computer and smartphone sold.

This “edge effect” is amplified by the sheer numbers. There are orders of magnitude more end points than networking devices in most networks. From a cost, deployment, and product life cycle standpoint, it’s always ...

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