In the Internet of Things (IoT), everyday objects are part of a network, sending and receiving data to and from other "things." The world is eminently connected by devices.
For consumers, this means you can adjust your home's thermostat from across an ocean. But for business, IoT can create new opportunities to connect with customers and partners—as well as volumes of data to collect, store, and analyze.
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When a piece of data is collected, it needs to be acted on immediately or securely stored to be measured and acted on later. Simple, right?
The more data there is, the harder it is to analyze and act on it. Here's how the transportation industry solves the problem:
- 1. Positive Train Control (PTC) requires collection and action on 2 types of information:
- Urgent data that must be acted on immediately
- Data sent to the datacenter to be measured and used later
- 2. Rail-side sensors collect and record data about the train's route, speed, and load characteristics. All data passes through the control tier, where messaging and business rules software determines what to do with the data.
- 3. As the train nears an intersection, messages to alter speed are relayed to the conductor's dashboard with highest priority. Information about speed, fuel efficiency, weight, and more are stored in the datacenter to be analyzed with less urgency.
- 4. If these urgent directions are ignored, automatic actions take place within the train's onboard system to stop, slow down, or accelerate the train. Collisions are avoided, and data is safely stored.
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The field device communication and coordination [between transit payment machines and back-end systems] embodies our approach to the Internet of Things within the transit industry, providing our customers an invaluable real-time view into the state of their transit system.Darren Dickson, president, Genfare
Ask what's happening right now. Every day, millions of devices—and all of their associated data—are added to the mix. If you're not controlling that data and making it work for you and your customers, you're missing millions of opportunities.
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Three tips from the Embedded Computing Design article, "When one cyber attack becomes a thousand: Protecting the IoT":
Prepare your devices
Make sure physical devices and their software are protected from threats. Do you have both disk encryption and security policies in place?
It's not a guarantee that IoT will usher in a new era of significant privacy invasion, but it certainly has the potential to do that.Dzone Guide to the Internet of Things Read more
Secure your communications
Your data must be protected in transit and arrive at a trusted device or server. Do you have effective encryption or networking protocols in place? Are communications verified with authentication?
As Internet of Things projects go from concepts to reality, one of the biggest challenges is how the data created by devices will flow through the system.Internet of Things: Where does the data go?
Protect your data
Determine the right level of security for different types of data. Is valuable data encrypted or given additional security? Will your security scale as your data grows?
While IoT can borrow many lessons and tactics from security protocols and technologies that have been tested in other domains, there are some glaring differences between IoT devices and traditional computing systems.IoT Security Needs Scalable Solutions
Enterprise IoT demands an architecture that efficiently gathers, processes, acts on, and exchanges data in a highly scalable, secure, and reliable manner. Recently, Eurotech and Red Hat announced a joint collaboration that makes it easier to do just that, by addressing the complexity of IoT implementations at all stages. Read more below:
Bosch and Red Hat join initiative to develop cloud-based IoT platform components
Read the press release
To best address the complexity of industrial IoT, solutions and infrastructure providers must maintain a high level of collaboration, which is really only sustainable through an open source community. The Eclipse Kapua project provides this open and transparent community approach and aims to help solve the complexities of the IoT by providing the required level of interoperability, scale, and flexibility in open IoT platforms." James Kirkland, Chief Architect for IoT at Red Hat
IDC examines the state of the IoT market
Read the InfoBrief
IDC’s InfoBrief, Internet of Things: State of the Market, sponsored by Red Hat, includes insights from 300 IoT early adopters, including:
- The current view of organizations adopting IoT.
- IoT benefits and opportunities.
- Budget, data management, and security considerations.
“IoT can be transformative for any business. All it takes is an innovative idea to start the ball rolling.”
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JBoss Data Grid allows us to transfer centrally-generated order recommendations to a large number of supermarkets in less than a second. The in-memory solution helps us create order recommendations quickly and we constantly achieve good response times. This way, we increase efficiency in the supply of goods and logistics while reducing operating costs. In a business-critical environment like ours, we have stringent requirements for speed and availability. JBoss Data Grid meets these requirements." Jens Siebenhaar, managing director, REWE Systems
Eurotech announces intelligent gateway powered by Red Hat
Intelligent gateways are critical for a modern enterprise IoT infrastructure," said Clark Palmer, chief technology officer, Meteorcomm LLC. “This new offering by Eurotech, powered by Red Hat technologies, brings a new level of functionality and the necessary flexibility to meet IoT challenges. The ability to push intelligence to the edge of the network is exactly the solution needed to create scalable and easily managed IoT implementations.
I'm often asked how a business can safely capitalize on the IoT. My answer is to focus on one core business problem at first, and figure out what insights and foresight you'd need to create an automated, sustainable solution. When IoT project fail, it's usually because the business tried to take on too many problems at once.James Kirkland, Chief Architect for Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems