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How workshops can ease your IoT deployment concerns

It was just in 1990 when the Internet was born. Today, 89% of enterprises have plans to adopt or have already chosen a digital business strategy, and 61% of them say that IoT plays a crucial role in their digital business plans, according to the IDG’s 2018 Digital Business survey. IoT promises to transform an endless array of industries including, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, education, energy, and transportation. For enterprises eager to ride IoT’s efficiency benefits, the first question that comes is, “What’s the best way to deploy IoT platform?” which is natural, yet critical.

We have introduced a 2-day workshop in which we are not going to directly jump on how to bring IoT onboard and integrate it into your business. We first try to figure out whether you have a defined business need, goal, vision, or outcome which you are looking to solve using IoT; and if not, then how to derive the same. For us, the primary thing to consider is not the technology, rather a business case. We believe understanding business and technological requirements fully, is key to the success of any IoT initiative.

The workshop will then cover solid IoT deployment pitfalls. Below are some of the mistakes that many other organizations are making while deploying IoT projects.

IoT network scalability

It’s evident that as IoT technology thrives, so will the scale of operations to reach a broader target area. As the company grows with the IoT project, it needs to handle increasing intelligent interaction, data organization, cybersecurity, analytics, and device authorization. Although IoT relies on networks and networking technologies, scalability does not mean dumping IoT devices onto private networks or public hotspots. It asks for prioritization of traffic, device performance management, authentication mechanism such as 802.1X, and much more which we will discuss during the workshop. We will also see how to study such scalability issues in advance and make your IoT deployment cost-effective and future-proof for easy updates and IoT scalability.

Privacy

A company’s privacy is vulnerable when something fails from its role. And when we think of failure, we mostly end up thinking about device failures. Now imagine, “what if a dataset causes failures?” Do you know some of the data that IoT devices collect need protection by legislation such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which is different from our traditional browsing and clicking habits? But the sad truth is when data is stored or shared, the required precautions aren’t taken. Such data shall either be discarded or companies should remove the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to ensure consumers will not be damaged in case of data breaches. Therefore, in this workshop, we will show you solutions to protect your IoT traffic and privacy which you can count upon while deploying IoT.

IoT project administration

Automation is the leading motivator for most IoT deployments. However, without the right security protocols that goal is unreachable. Permitting IoT on thousands of devices means we are running a network which requires the right tools to be managed effectively and securely. Some of the everyday administration oversights leading to deployment failure are:

  • Distributed safety administration systems
  • Poor design and coordination absence between devices
  • Invalid modules that need replacement or require remote upgrades
  • Shortage of skilled IT staff dedicated to device, network, and security management

During the workshop, we will show you how to ensure the right administration to make deployment easy.

Security

The hacking of Barbie dolls, smart fridges, Ukraine power grid, pacemakers, baby monitors, cameras, and even drug infusion pumps are signifying a security nightmare produced by IoT network deployments. New nodes are being added to networks in the process of growth, and the Internet will keep acting as the gate for malicious actors with attack vectors to carry out their evil deeds, particularly when a considerable number of buyers suffer from security holes. Today, concerns cannot get over by ensuring the protection of sensitive information and assets. In this workshop, we will make a flashlight on a series of reasons behind the state of insecurity of IoT which you should take into account while deploying IoT.

Compatibility

In IoT, we currently have CoAP, Modbus, ZigBee, Z-Wave, OPC UA, MQTT, and some more protocols – competing to become the dominant M2M mechanism. Many of them require the deployment of extra hardware and software while connecting the devices which asks for networking architecture knowledge. The other issues are lack of standardized M2M protocols, diversities in firmware and operating systems, and non-unified cloud services. During the webinar, we will share how such compatibility challenges that lie ahead in the progression of IoT can be solved by employing abstraction.

Unquestionably, every company that wants to stay competitive in the market has to strive to improve its productivity, enhance efficiency, and increase profitability. Today, when a company looks to achieve more with less, it naturally turns to adopt digital transformation technologies, where IoT has become the focal point. But we have seen that most organizations are interested in buying IoT devices and associated network requirements but the subsequent deployment is more challenging than the buyer believed it should be. In all, this workshop will help you to go past your limitations, worries, and concerns regarding IoT deployment. Visit our workshop program page to learn more.

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