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IoT: The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Choosing the right platform can provide the necessary security levels and reduce how much time companies spend testing and deploying security measures.
By Lee Stacey

Such a company should have the requisite experience to supply the time-consuming research needed for a business to answer the many questions that will arise. After all, information is everything. Internally, the impetus for pursuing an IoT project doesn't necessarily have to come from the traditional IT department. However, there is no reason why it can't come from the bottom up, or even sideways. With an increasing influx of bright students graduating in studies closely connected to the application of the IoT, there will be a growing group of important influencers. Also, look in different places than you normally would with a traditional IT project and, if need be, adapt your HR strategy.

Hardware
The IoT is appearing everywhere, and the need for devices to measure the data from a never-ending range of trackers and sensors is becoming overwhelming. IoT strategies need the physical device to gather and transmit the data, as well as logical dashboards to monitor outcomes. Your ideal IoT partner will have a number of relationships with appropriate device manufacturers that will facilitate the ability to work their platforms, as well as relationships with those software vendors that produce dashboards for any application.

Data and Security
Creating, analyzing, communicating, aggregating and then acting on data are all key elements of any IoT system. Whatever platform you end up using, it should ideally allow you to interact with a wide range of devices to collect information without too much fuss, and then display it on numerous dashboards. In an ideal world, it should also allow your organization to send data back to the device as firmware upgrades. If this is not possible, then new triggers for data collection facilitate two-way communication between the device and your organization.

We are only ever moments away from another media story regarding a cyber-attack or a major hack. With so many devices becoming connected, IoT consumers are rightly concerned about security. Creating and managing data these days comes with wider legal ramifications—think GDPR, for example. Choosing the right platform will provide the required security levels and can help to reduce how much time is spent overall on testing and deploying security measures.

Lee Stacey is the chief noisemaker and product evangelist at Thingstream, which removes the complexity of creating and managing remote IIoT applications. The company combines connectivity and application management into a unique single platform. Lee has 25 years of experience working with technology-based companies, ranging from regional SMEs to global enterprises.

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