By Kuruvilla Mathew
Competition for Internet of Things mindshare is growing fierce, with a wide array of component stakeholders around the world jockeying for position. Of course, they are looking to amass influence in what everyone agrees will be a huge market — most realize that they can’t build services by themselves, so they’re creating alliances that fit their common intent and purpose.
Channel partners have a critical role in advising customers which IoT horses to back, not to mention deciding what solutions to sell. You need to have a scorecard.
One major initiative to watch is the IEEE Standards Association, P2413 – Standard for an Architectural Framework for Internet of Things (IoT). The focus of P2413 is to address IoT networking and communication, compliance and dependability, and security. The working draft, released in April, outlines goals to enable cross-domain interaction and platform unification. The IEEE realizes that having such a standard is critical to address security and integration, while hopefully reducing industry fragmentation.
The IEEE’s plan is to create bodies of key stakeholders in the IoT space, and it already has at least 200 participants that cover sectors such as health care, home and building, retail, energy, manufacturing, transportation, logistics and media.
There are also some existing standards that companies have utilized to better develop products and services. Some key ones are the AllSeen Alliance and Alljoyn, Thread, the Open Connectivity Foundation and the Industrial Internet Consortium, which is also partnering with the IEEE. Some of these alliances and consortiums have very specific agendas with clear purpose and intent. The question is, can they unify the community?
The IEEE probably maintains the greatest clout in terms of bringing various stakeholders together to share their perspectives and help build seamless experiences with “things.” However, there’s still the possibility of a fractured IoT standards landscape that will hinder growth. If that risk is not properly addressed, we’ll find ourselves at a troublesome crossroads.
My take is that we must first push for a comprehensive security trust model for IoT. Nothing will derail adoption like a breach that makes the headline news.
The IEEE framework definitely provides the construct to address high-risk areas, given that the intent is to deepen industry engagement through workshops, roundtables and other forums. While the IEEE framework cannot address all risk, there are certain areas that require a deeper dialogue, including:
Kuruvilla Mathew is chief innovation officer at Ness Digital Engineering. An enterprise architect by trade, Mat works with solutions, sales and delivery to build leading-edge solutions for Ness’ clients. With a deep working knowledge of architectures and technologies across various stacks and platforms, he leads the company’s efforts in building service offerings that help companies transform in their digital journey.
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August 22 2019 @ 21:32:04 UTC