The Internet of Things (IoT) is a relatively new concept that connects everyday devices to the internet. Everything from your coffee pot to your tennis shoes can function smarter and provide you with useful information. In the next few years, the IoT will open up new and exciting possibilities in more than just the consumer space. BI Intelligence estimates that the Enterprise Internet of Things (EIoT) will account for 40% of the total IoT market by 2019, making it the largest sector of the IoT. There will be several unique benefits and unique challenges in the EIoT including ensuring reliable connectivity, security and authentication, encryption, and scalability.
Embedded wireless modules are a key factor in this exciting future, providing the best security, power management, and interoperability. First class software will provide a trusted, robust path to expanding the networks of the future, and powerful resource-conscious hardware will enable reliable connections for weeks or even months on a small battery.
As with any new technology, there will be challenges that must be overcome. Challenges in the EIoT will include:
- Connecting both new and legacy devices from an array of vendors working to sometimes opposing standards
- Authenticating small, power-constrained devices and encrypting their traffic presents security challenges yet to be resolved
- Connecting Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy devices to IP networks over other wireless transports like Wi-Fi and LTE will require new approaches
- Making information from the deluge of data resulting from the IoT will call for a more distributed computing model
Overcoming these challenges will be no small task. It will require collaborative work and engineering from a multitude of parties and innovation from thousands of engineers and developers working towards a singular vision of the connected world.
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