Driving IoT and M2M Forward
As more devices are becoming connected, challenges arise. Companies interested in connecting devices—whether it is consumer devices or business devices—face fragmentation, interoperability, and security hurdles, to name a few. M2M and IoT (Internet of Things) providers recognize these increasing issues and are offering solutions to enable more machines to become connected—quickly.
One of the big considerations today is addressing interoperability with existing infrastructure. Consider Westfalen Weser Energie, www.eon-westfalenweser.com. The large power and gas distribution grid operator needed to develop and deploy gateways in its secondary energy substations to manage energy flows and analyze data in realtime. The challenge was it needed to interface with its legacy devices.
Intel, www.intel.com, is one such company that recognizes this challenge and developed a solution. Last week, at a press event, the company, in partnership with McAfee, www.mcafee.com, and Wind River, www.windriver.com, announced it would address this challenge with a new family of intelligent gateway solutions that connect legacy systems.
While this announcement targets industrial, energy, and transportation markets, the system can help connect any existing infrastructure securely to the cloud and allow for data analysis. At the press event, Ton Steenman, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Intelligent Systems Group, says in order to bring IoT to those devices a new protocol stack, security, and data filtering is needed.
Steenman also outlined three overall focus areas for Intel, with regards to IoT. These areas include bringing IoT to existing and legacy infrastructure; continuing to scale to bring performance density to IoT devices; and unleashing data analytics at the device and cloud level.
To support these areas, Intel unveiled several new products including the Intel Atom processor E3800 product family, a new family of gateway solutions, and new features for the Intel Quark SoC X1000.
As IoT and M2M providers, such as Intel, recognize and address the inherent challenges associated with connecting existing and new infrastructure, the user will benefit. In the end, companies will be able to connect more devices in a fraction of the time, helping drive us toward a more connected world.
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