10 Things I Learned from 10 Years in IoT

Michele Remonato
4 min readSep 7, 2023

My journey into the world of IoT began about 10 years ago during my internship at a hospital in Boston. It was there that I began working with sensors designed to monitor the movements of patients within the hospital facilities. This was my initial step into the “Internet of Things”.

Over the years, I’ve made use of IoT to establish remote connections in the telecommunications sector and to monitor electrical grids. In the past five years, I’ve used IoT to make buildings more intelligent and got the chance to observe IoT in action in several other industries (wearables, agriculture, smart homes, smart factories,…).

Although a decade might seem like a long period, it has felt as though it has passed in the blink of an eye. In this article, I will share with you 10 insights I’ve gained over the past 10 years. The opinions expressed are my own.

1. IOT>IT+OT

IoT isn’t just the intersection of IT and OT; it’s a force multiplier.

IoT brings a world where devices communicate seamlessly, IT is the powerhouse of processing and handling data, and OT is the hands-on manager of physical processes.

Misunderstanding their roles and stakeholders behind can lead to a disjointed and ineffective solution.

Imagine you’re managing a manufacturing plant, and you want to integrate IoT sensors. If you use just an IT approach focusing on data, or an OT approach prioritizing machinery feedback, you might miss out. IoT, by integrating and enhancing both, creates an ecosystem greater than the sum of its parts.

2. Customer>Technology

While technology is the enabler, the customer’s needs and preferences are the driving force.

No matter how advanced your tech is, if it doesn’t resonate with customers, it won’t succeed.

Imagine you are part of a city’s planning committee. The goal is to introduce smart lighting in the city. Instead of getting swayed by the shiniest wireless tech with myriad features, what if you had a system tailored to your city’s needs? Lights that adapt to weather changes, dim on empty streets, and respond to traffic flow. It’s not about having the most advanced tech, but the right tech to…

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Michele Remonato

I am fascinated by the way the internet and technology are changing the world as we know it and I want to be part of this change.