What problems are solved with IoT

What does the IoT mean for companies?

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of everyday objects in which data is sent to and received from other “things”. In today's world, more and more devices are being interconnected.

Consumers can, for example, turn off the heating at home from the other end of the world. For companies, in turn, the IoT can open up new possibilities for networking with customers and business partners - as well as huge amounts of data that have to be recorded, saved and analyzed.

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With an intelligent gateway, unimportant data is sorted out and critical information is immediately evaluated and used to good effect. The system is smart enough to initiate the necessary measures and to forward the most important data to the data center in a summarized manner. Our approach to IoT is closely aligned with that to edge computing.

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Set priorities and save lives

After data is collected, either immediate action is required or the data must be saved so that it can be evaluated at a later point in time and acted accordingly. Easy right?

The more data there is, the more difficult it is to analyze and use it effectively. This is how the problem in transportation is solved:

  1. 1. Positive Train Control (PTC) distinguishes between two types of data that are recorded and require action:
    • Urgent data that requires immediate action
    • Data that is sent to a data center for later evaluation and use
  2. 2. Rail sensors record data on the route, speed and load of the train. All data is passed through the control level, in which a messaging and business rules software decides what should be done with the data.
  3. 3. As the train approaches an intersection, the highest priority requests to change the speed are sent to the driver's control panel. Information on speed, fuel efficiency, weight and other data is stored in the data center so that it can be analyzed later with less urgency.
  4. 4. If these urgent instructions are ignored, the train's on-board system automatically ensures that the train stops, slows down or accelerates. Collisions are avoided and the data is stored securely.
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The communication or coordination between the devices in use [transit payment and backend systems] embodies our way of thinking with regard to the Internet of Things (IoT) in the transport industry and offers the customer a valuable real-time overview of the status of his system.

Darren Dickson, President, Genfare

Use cases by industry

Ask what happens today. Millions of new devices - and the associated data - are added every day. If you cannot control this amount of data or use it for yourself and your customers, you will miss out on countless opportunities.

Energy and utility companies

Reading data processing and automated lighting, temperature, energy and industrial control systems

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Transportation

Fleet tracking and delivery optimization, smarter train technology, sensor management and in-flight entertainment on the plane

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retail trade

Security and loss prevention as well as targeted shopping, customer care and advertising

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Three tips from the article "When one cyber attack becomes a thousand: Protecting the IoT" by Embedded Computing Design:

Ensure that physical devices and associated software are protected from threats. Are hard drives encrypted and security policies applied?

There is no guarantee that the IoT will usher in a new era of major invasion of privacy, but it certainly has the potential to do so.

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Your data must be protected in transit and received by a trusted device or server. Are effective encryption or network protocols used? Are messages verified through authentication?

When implementing IoT projects, the transmission of the generated data is one of the greatest challenges.

Internet of Things: Where does the data go?
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Determine the right level of security for different types of data. Is valuable data encrypted or specially protected? Does the security increase with increasing amounts of data?

While much of the knowledge and tactics of security protocols and technologies tested in other areas can be transferred to the IoT, there are some clear differences between IoT devices and conventional computer systems.

IoT security requires scalable solutions
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Red Hat IoT news

The use of the IoT in companies requires an architecture that enables data to be captured, processed and exchanged and to act on the basis of this data in an efficient and highly scalable, secure and reliable manner. Recently, Eurotech and Red Hat announced a collaboration aimed at making these processes easier by addressing the complexity of IoT implementations at all stages. For more information, see the following articles:

Cloudera launches open, modular, end-to-end IoT architecture with Red Hat and Eurotech to accelerate IoT delivery

“Open standards and interoperability already play an important role in solving problems with IoT connectivity and data integration and are winning in the face of the challenges for companies to have to provide secure and scalable IoT solutions in hybrid and multi-cloud environments with the highest efficiency , even more important, ”said Jered Floyd, Technology Strategist, Office of the CTO, Red Hat. “With the end-to-end architecture developed jointly with Cloudera and Eurotech, we not only support IoT customers in meeting this requirement, but also give them the freedom to choose their preferred cloud provider.

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Strengthen your connection to the Internet of Things with Red Hat

IoT deployment is really all about integration from start to finish. Open source components provided by Red Hat make it easy to incorporate data streams that travel from the edge back to enterprise applications and data platforms. Whether you use a single Red Hat product or our entire end-to-end architecture, we can always support you with your IoT project.

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Red Hat and Vorwerk conjure up networking for kitchen appliances with hybrid cloud and Internet of Things

Innovation and customer service are extremely important to us and the Internet of Things can play a decisive role in this. With Red Hat as a partner, we succeed in realizing an improved customer experience through optimized device networking. "

Michael Hosse, Senior Manager Digital Architecture at Vorwerk
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I am often asked how a company can use the IoT in a safe way. My answer is to first focus on a core business problem and figure out what insights and predictions would be needed to develop an automated, sustainable solution. When IoT projects fail, it is usually because the company was trying to solve too many problems at the same time.

James Kirkland, Chief Architect for Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems