The internet of things has steadily grown in importance over the last few years and because of this we thought it was worth publishing some specific trends on the subject for 2018. To compile these, we spoke to a number of individuals in the field, and the following piece is based on their feedback, along with our observations on the industry from the last 12 months.
We have also included bespoke trends—from Cisco in the networking space and Thales eSecurity in the security space—which can be found at the bottom of this article.
More connected devices
The number of connected devices will continue to grow and most of the analyst houses are already weighing in with specific predictions. This connectivity has gradually infiltrated our homes and workplaces and is slowly promising to be a greater enabler for businesses. “As discussions about IoT begin to filter up to the boardroom, they will increasingly become part of the strategic agenda,” suggests Andrew Till, VP for technology, partnerships and new solutions at Harman Connected.
A greater emphasis on security
The security issues associated with IoT are not set to away anytime soon. A recent Kaspersky event highlighted this very well in the consumer space with an hour-long demonstration on how to secure the home network with a homemade Raspberry Pi solution. This was necessary because there is still nothing off-the-shelf available.
Things are a little different for businesses, of course, but not as much as you might hope. As Sanjay Srivastava, chief digital officer at Genpact points out: “Manufacturers will continue to make the mistake of not introducing security into the design phase.”