PORTSMOUTH  —  As the internet of things, known as IoT, becomes more a part of our daily lives – and the security and privacy issues it brings with it – a local expert says a balance is needed between how much the industry polices itself and how much government regulates it.

“I think there’s a balance in those interests,” said Dave Kjendal, chief technology officer at Senet (https://www.senetco.com/), a Portsmouth company specializing in connectivity solutions and software for IoT networks. “I think there are certain things the industry can do very well by itself, and one of those things is to develop technologies that are secure.”

IoT is a broad term applied to a network of connected objects – or things. These things are embedded with sensors, software and other technologies in order to connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the Internet or some other kind of network.