In the consumer space, it is well known that every device is becoming smarter and smarter. What is not said is that the Internet of Things (IoT) is having a considerable impact in the industrial sector.
IoT can be challenging to implement. IoT platforms must support thousands of vendors, dozens of standards, and be able to scale to millions of devices, together sending and receiving billions of messages. That can’t be done easily.
Managing IoT smart technologies
Here are four challenges with managing IoT technologies :
Integrating new technologies into existing environments
Nowadays, it may seem that every machine is connected and shares information
But that’s not the case!
Relatively few homes, appliances, and other consumer goods are actually IoT-enabled and connected.
In the industrial world, it gets even more complicated because of the nature of these investments.
That said, companies are making important progress in this field.
Another big challenge in the deployment of the IoT is the number of protocols. Old protocols include all the wireless technologies that use mesh networks to connect and link IoT devices without involving a cellular or Wi-Fi signal.
Each protocol has its advantages and drawbacks, but companies have to decide the right protocol for each use and ensure the technologies chosen are compatible with their platform.
Bringing data in from the edge: networking challenges
How to make IoT enabled devices a reality? The first step is to ensure that data is flowing quickly and reliably. Security is also critical because IoT devices can be targets for hackers and cyber terrorists.
When devices connect, they must authenticate and data must be encrypted.
Too few best practices to become ‘smart’
Today there’s a lack of best practices to help companies write code & manage the life-cycle of IoT.
Without best practices as a road map, IoT security strategy, a plan for quick response and resolution of incidents, programmers, and IT professionals are lost in uncharted waters.
As the IoT continues to proliferate, hardware will also continue to improve and software will become more sophisticated. New standards, protocols and connectivity options will appear on the market. Companies have to stay aware.