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April 9, 2015

5 experts celebrate IoT Day with CBR

CBR has put together a set of comments from industry experts on M2M, interoperability, security and the smart home.

By Joao Lima

The Internet of Things is celebrating its fifth annual ‘day’ with several events being hosted worldwide.

From New York to London and all the way to Sidney, CEOs, designers and tech lovers are getting together to celebrate a world of 15 billion connected Things.

However, as the hype over IoT grows ever bigger, questions over privacy and security have also started to be raised, leading architects to have to rethink their security software strategy.

CBR has asked 5 industry experts their thoughts on key IoT areas on this day of celebration for the Internet of Things.

1. M2M

Gayle Sheppard, CEO, Saffron

"M2M is the forerunner to IoT. Remove device access is a core common deliverable between the two. The Industrial IoT is about bringing together M2M with M2C and C2M as well as the sharing the knowledge, experience of one to many and many to one between these scenarios.

"There are three big changes coming to operational efficiency, personalised service and managing risk. The opportunity with all of this data and ability to see emerging and converging patterns can reveal what new products and services can be created. For example, an airline could create a digital airline where post-deliver services morph from Supply Chain Management and Preventive Maintenance to also include digital content and analytic services as a paid for service delivered to the airlines."

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2. Security

Moshe Ben Simon, Vice President and Co-Founder, TrapX

Any single IoT device, without adequate security, can present a serious threat to the networks to which they are connected.

For example, we took the Nest Learning Thermostat apart and were able to gain root access to the device, which allowed us to control the Nest from our attacking server. The problem we’re seeing today, is that the hackers are moving faster, with more intensity and more funding.

We are losing an undeclared cyber war even before most of us recognise that this war has already started. Solving this problem requires far greater investment in cybersecurity and a change in strategy as we go forward with IoT.

3. Interoperability

Michael Tidwell, Vice President of Business Development, Sansa Security

The biggest problem with IoT devices today is that most of them cannot interoperate with IoT devices from other manufacturers.

This is due to an inherent weakness in the implementation of common security protocols. This weakness also means that multiple devices from different manufacturers cannot be operated through a single user interface on a computing device.

This year, we expect this obstacle to be corrected. If we don’t see the first shipment of products that offer device interoperability and the ability to control devices through a single user interface by the end of the year, expect to read about product roadmaps from the major consumer electronics makers that promise to include these functions in future devices.

4. Interoperability/Support Hybrid

Kalyan Ramanathan, VP of Product Marketing, AppDynamics

According to Cisco Systems officials, by 2020, more than 50 billion things will make up the IoT. These devices are going to be interfacing with applications in a myriad of ways; deployed on various operating systems and networks. With this market expanding so rapidly, the need to monitor and manage the apps and huge variety of data on these devices has reached a critical point.

AppDynamics is ideally positioned to serve the providers and the broader IoT opportunity through real-time visibility not just into the front-end processes on devices, but all the way across the network and into the backend application infrastructure, whether that’s in a private data centre, the cloud or both.

5. Smart Home

Kourosh Amiri, Vice President of Marketing, Ikanos

As the smart home evolves with IoT, the unifying console to "run" the smart home has been conspicuously absent. Ikanos knows the opportunity that this missing link presents to carriers and service providers, and is in a strong position to leverage the tens of millions of its broadband chipsets in use today to establish preference for its IoT console – which it says will be the "completer piece" for implementing IoT.

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