Weekly Digest on Internet of Things


Kavitha Gopalan

How the ‘insecurity of things’ creates the next wave of security opportunities

How secure is your Internet of things Implementation?


Gartner estimates that IOT devices are expected to grow to 20 billion by 2020. Unfortunately, experts agree that security is not only an afterthought, but often is actively resisted and circumvented. Data from various surveys show that IOT devices lacks strong security implementation and some use legacy systems like telnet for communication which compromises on the IOT data.

New malware is being developed to target IoT. Once hackers gain access to devices, the next step is infection of the device; the last step is monetization.

This TechCrunch article provide an insight on how security is being compromised and how various start-ups are jumping in to create new ways to secure various things.

How the ‘insecurity of things’ creates the next wave of security opportunities

10 Ways Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing Manufacturing

Every manufacturer has the potential to integrate machine learning into their operations and become more competitive by gaining predictive insights into production. From striving to keep supply chains operating efficiently to producing customized, built- to-order products on time, machine learning algorithms have the potential to bring greater predictive accuracy to every phase of production.

Increasing capacity improvement while reducing material consumption, improving preventive maintenance and MRO performance to the accuracy of component and part level, improving OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) by at least 25% more, improving product quality, increasing production yield, optimizing supply chain, optimizing price and many such advantage emerge for manufacturing industry using Machine learning.

This Forbes article throws clear light on all this and more.

Machine Learning and Manufacturing

Predictive maintenance is a key industrial ‘internet of things’ use case, according to analyst

Industrial organizations need to rapidly move away from the current practice of fixing equipment only after failure, or at pre-determined interval. Remote diagnostics and maintenance solutions are a key factor in enabling original equipment manufacturers to offer equipment-as-a-service models. It would help avoid high capital expenditures and enable industrial players to jump straight to the cost savings promised by predictive maintenance.

This RCR Wireless New article throws light on this subject read more in the link below

Predictive Maintenance for IIOT

Creating a Smart Warehouse with the Internet of Things


Leveraging the latest supply chain technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), a “smart warehouse” can now serve as a hub to boost efficiency and speed throughout the entire supply chain.

Devices, sensors and radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags can enable warehouse managers to know the exact location and progress of any product at any time. “Hands-free” wearables can allow workers to move about and access information and instructions from anywhere in the warehouse without being constrained by workstations. Additionally, investing in IoT can reduce the use of manual labour, increasing speed and shipping accuracy, and offer retailers an opportunity to obtain unparalleled visibility into inventory and supply chains.

More on this in the below article

IOT in Warehouse

The implications of large IoT ecosystems

Internet of Things is growing at an accelerating pace. There are new challenges emerging due to this massive growth of IOT

Security is a key agenda in IOT and one method adopted by IOT players is to use device authentication and authorization. However, as the number of things scale, the device authentication and authorization becomes a bottleneck if its relying on the internet as this can drain the battery, put a stress on the mesh network and completely fail if internet is down

Second challenge is the communication between things, most of them rely on RF technology like Bluetooth, ZigBee, Wi-Fi. The short range operation of these devices throws challenge for these technology, RF-based devices are shutting each other down due to interference, a situation that will grow worse when the IoT industry grows by the billions.

The increased number of IoT devices can quickly turn into a management nightmare. In order to make the best use of the increased utility provided by the millions of smart meters, parking and lighting sensors, traffic controls, crowd movement detection sensors and many other gadgets that are scattered across smart homes and cities, you need to be able to efficiently control their traffic and functionality.

Read in-depth about these challenges in this article

The Implication of large IOT Ecosystem

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