IoT Virtual Control
As IoT networks and systems evolve, Mind Commerce sees a role for virtual control of real-objects, vice versa, and also virtual to virtual control. As part of the model envisioned, virtual objects (software programs) function as an abstract of real-world things (Smart Objects in the physic environment). Virtual objects are associated with real objects to the extent that the latter may be manipulated, controlled, etc.
This is often referred to in the industry as "Digital Twinning" for the concept of a Digital Twin of something in the virtual world that matches something in the real world.
Further defining this concept:
- IoT Virtual-to-Real (V2R) scenario: Virtual objects that can be provisioned and administered to interface with real objects, which will necessary for many purposes including monitoring and control.
- IoT Real-to-Virtual (R2V) scenario: Real-objects provide feedback, alerts, and even control of virtual objects (software programs via Software Defined Networks) and platforms (hardware and software put in place to orchestrate IoT networks and assets).
- IoT Virtual-to-Virtual (V2V) scenario: Virtual objects are involved in simulation and testing for IoT networks, including end-nodes and assets. IoT is new, and potentially dangerous (e.g. control and security issues), necessitating platforms for IoT V2V.
One of the clear market benefits of this type of framework is to extend IoT APIs (as part of an IoT Development Ecosystem) to attract IoT companies, application companies, and individual IoT app/service developers. Mind Commerce sees developers using APIs to both establish/support IoT apps and services as well as a means of employing virtual control of Smart Objects in the Real World.