The Internet of Things (IoT) is here, and it has the potential to transform your business in ways you never imagined. But what is the IoT­, and what does it mean to you and your business?

In theory, the Internet of Things is hundreds, thousands even millions of diverse, meshed endpoints forming complex cyber-physical systems of “things” talking to “things” and reacting without human interaction or awareness.

  • Hotel rooms that adjust lighting and temperature based on occupancy/movement or guest history.
  • Semi-autonomous vehicles that dynamically change their routes and delivery schedules based on weather, traffic or road conditions.
  • Field Service systems that can remotely monitor equipment performance and operating parameters in real-time and trigger maintenance calls.

But forget about the robots and drones and the autonomous cars for a minute – this is the sexy side of the IoT. For most companies the real IoT will be deploying new types of devices, endpoints and “things” to streamline your business processes and reduce costs. Only you know the true idiosyncrasies of your industry and company, as well as the specific needs that IoT systems can address.

What are some of the risks associated with the IoT and how can you mitigate them? The IoT is creating business challenges around scale, interoperability, security and the management of devices and endpoints. Experts believe that within a few years we will see tens of billions of diverse IoT endpoints transmi­­tting exabytes of confidential data between each other, and to backend analytic systems. However, there is still a lot of uncertainty about how this will take place.

We are in the early days of the IoT where hardware and software vendors are competing over standards and protoco­ls — companies and consortia are trying to lock you into proprietary ecosystems and turn you into lifelong customers. SOTI is different — we have a 20-year history of platform and technology agnosticism, and we will preserve this stance right into the era of the IoT.

SOTI is already securing and managing the IoT. We were the first to support Zebra Mobile Printers — enabling IT staff to enroll, configure, and manage connected printers along with other their smartphones and tablets. SOTI is also working with Vuzix to provide manage their smart glasses and digital AR (Augmented Reality) solutions. SOTI will closely follow the emergence of IoT and continue to provide industry leading management and security for all endpoints, whether you wear it, carry it or drive it.

E-book - “Things” are taking over the Internet

The Internet of Things (IoT) is here. It has surpassed the Internet of People (IoP) in size and complexity. Soon, there will be billions of new devices and endpoints connected together to form complex business solutions that run without human interaction or awareness. In this new world of “things” talking to “things”, management and security is more challenging and more important than ever.

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