If you were not aware, a few days ago 9th April was Global IoT Day, and it was actually the seventh year of this ‘holiday’ which saw plenty to celebrate.
Guest blog written by Tom Gibbings.
The day originated as an opportunity for IoT-minded people around the world to meet up, discuss the implications of IoT and evolve their visions for how an IoT-enabled planet should emerge. We’ve come a long way in seven years, and it’s only the beginning! The discussions are more tangible now, and the community has made enough progress to learn from the past and devise best practices moving forward.
Luckily for many of us in the IoT space, we get plenty of opportunities to discuss IoT more frequently than once a year. In Q1 2018, Wind River spent more weeks at IoT-themed events than not.
One event that stands out in particular as a great learning experience is the Industry of Things San Diego. Wind River hosted a series of World Café roundtable sessions with leaders in IoT, many from companies with deployed IoT solutions, acutely aware of the IoT challenges they face and committed to solving those challenges quickly.
Its roundtable topic was ‘Future Proofing your IoT Deployment.’ Gibbings had preconceived notions about what would be spoke about, but he was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of topics that were presented by the audience.
In honour of IoT Day, here we will share the top three takeaways from the session, as they demonstrate the challenges and concerns that real IoT doers are encountering as they look at how to future proof their IoT designs.
All of these various viewpoints brought a lot of valuable discussion around topics that need to be discussed. Wind River will continue to maintain its position that the best way to future proof your IoT deployment is by implementing a device management solution that contains a robust capability for remotely updating devices.
With the rapid pace of technology innovation and rising security incidents, in order to avoid potentially hazardous situations that include humans physically interacting with a deployed device, robust remote updates must be part of your solution. This will enable IoT operators to deploy their latest software innovation, address the next security concern, and keep the underlying operating system up to date.
The Industry of Things World conference series has been a fantastic venue to explore these types of topics, and Wind River will look forward to attending again next year.
What are your biggest concerns around future proofing? Do you agree with the takeaways that have been discussed? If you are at an IoT event today (or any day), we urge you to discuss this topic with others; it’s sure to be an enlightening discussion.
Courtesy of Wind River.