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What does IoT mean for business?

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.

Collect, analyze, and act on critical data

An intelligent gateway filters out data that doesn't need to go to your datacenter and quickly acts on critical data that does. It's smart enough to take the required action and send important summary data to the datacenter. Our approach to the Internet of Things is in close alignment with our approach to edge computing.

What is IoT?

Prioritize to save lives

Data analytics at the speed of life

When a piece of data is collected, it needs to be acted on immediately or 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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

Industry use cases

Don't ask about the future of the IoT

Energy illustration

Energy and utilities

Meter data management and automated lighting, temperature, energy, and industrial control systems

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Transforming fleet management into a digital-centric business

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Security and loss prevention and targeted shopping, customer care, and advertising

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Prepare your things

Security considerations for getting started

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?
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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
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Red Hat IoT news

Together, anything is possible

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:

Cloudera Launches an End-to-End, Open, Modular IoT Architecture with Red Hat and Eurotech to Accelerate IoT Deployments

Open standards and interoperability, already important to helping solve IoT connectivity and data integration issues, are even more important as enterprises face the challenge of more efficiently delivering more secure and scalable IoT solutions in hybrid and multi-cloud environments,” said Jered Floyd, Technology Strategist, Office of the CTO at Red Hat. “With the launch of this end-to-end architecture with Cloudera and Eurotech, we are helping IoT customers address that challenge while enabling cloud-provider choice."

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Strengthen Your Connection to the Internet of Things with Red Hat

An IoT deployment is essentially a giant integration exercise. Open source components delivered by Red Hat ease integration of data streams coming from the edge back into enterprise applications and data platforms. Whether you're using a single Red Hat product, or our entire end-to-end architecture, see how we can help you with your IoT project.

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Red Hat, Vorwerk Bake the Hybrid Cloud and Internet of Things Into Leading Cooking Appliance

We consider innovation and customer service to be of the utmost importance, which is where we see how the Internet of Things can play a crucial role. With Red Hat as our partner, we have succeeded in creating an enhanced customer experience through improved device connectivity."

Michael Hosse, senior manager of digital architecture, Vorwerk
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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