The internet of things (IoT) needs its own infrastructure ecosystem \u2014 one that doesn't use external clouds at all, researchers at the University of Magdeburg say.\nThe computer scientists recently obtained funding from the German government to study how to build a future-generation of revolutionary, emergent IoT systems. They say networks must be fault tolerant, secure, and traverse disparate protocols, which they aren't now.\n\nThe researchers say a smarter, unique, and organic infrastructure needs to be developed for the IoT and that simply adapting the IoT to traditional networks won't work. They say services must self-organize and function autonomously and that people must accept the fact that we are using the internet in ways never originally intended.\u00a0\n"The internet, as we know it, is based on network architectures of the 70s and 80s, when it was designed for completely different applications,\u201d the researchers say in their media release. The internet has centralized security, which causes choke points, and and an inherent lack of dynamic controls, which translates to inflexibility in access rights \u2014 all of which make it difficult to adapt the IoT to it.\nDevice, data, and process management must be integrated into IoT systems, say the group behind the project, called\u00a0DoRIoT (Dynamische Laufzeitumgebung f\u00fcr Organisch (dis-)Aggregierende IoT-Prozesse), translated as Dynamic Runtime Environment for Organic dis-Aggregating IoT Processes.\n\u201cIn order to close this gap, concepts [will be] developed in the project that transparently realize the access to the data,\u201d says Professor Sebastian Zug of the University of Freiberg, a partner in DoRIoT.\u00a0\u201cFor the application, it should make no difference whether the specific information requirement is answered by a server or an IoT node.\u201d\nExtreme edge computing\nIn other words, servers and nodes, conceptually, should merge. One could argue it\u2019s a form of extreme edge computing, which is when processing and data storage is taken out of traditional, centralized data center environments and placed close to where the resources are required. It reduces latency, among other advantages.\nDoRIoT may take edge computing one step further. Detecting failures ahead of time and seamless migration of devices are wants, too \u2014 services can\u2019t fail just because a new kind of device is introduced.\n\u201cThe systems [will] benefit from each other, for example, they can share computing power, data and so on,\u201d says Mesut G\u00fcne\u015f of Magdeburg\u2019s Faculty of Computer Science Institute for Intelligent Cooperating Systems.\n\u201cThe result is an enormous data pool,\u201d the researchers explain. \u201cWhich, in turn, makes it possible to make much more precise statements, for example when predicting climate models, observing traffic flows, or managing large factories in Industry 4.0.\u201d\nIndustry 4.0 refers to smart factories that have connected machines autonomously self-managing their own supply chain, production output, and logistics without human intervention.\nManaging risks better than the current internet is one of DoRIoT's goals. The idea is to \u201cguarantee full sovereignty over proprietary data.\u201d To get there, though, one has to eliminate dependency on the cloud and access to data via third parties, they say.\n\u201cThis allows companies to be independent of the server infrastructures of external service providers such as Google, Microsoft or Amazon, which are subject to constant changes and even may not be accessible,\u201d they say.