The conversation about the Internet of Things (IoT) has hit a crescendo this year.
Sure, the number of connected devices in the world surpassed the human population eight years ago, but 2016 may mark something more significant. Some reports suggest that there will be more connected “things” in the world than traditional computing devices such as laptops and smartphones.
As the digital web of smart devices expands and inspires new technology, the question arises: Who are the people conducting this growing IoT symphony?
- . Jim Heppelmann – President and CEO, PTC
When your company is named 2016 Internet of Things Enablement Company of the Year, rock star status comes with the territory.
- . Dr. Tom Bradicich – GM and VP, Servers and IoT Systems, HPE
Bradicich describes the promise of IoT using the three M’s: monitoring, maintaining and monetizing. The IoT savant showed how the M’s work in real time when he unveiled HPE’s new Edgeline Systems at HPE Discover in Las Vegas this summer.
- . Stefano Concezzi – VP, Global Automotive Initiative, National Instruments
In 2015, the number of individual connected components available in a car increased 67 percent, and Gartner predicts at least 250 million vehicles will be connected by 2020. Still, public safety concerns remain.
Enter Stefano Concezzi. This year, Concezzi and his team at National Instruments demonstrated Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which allow for the flexibility and scalability of autonomous vehicles. Most importantly, ADAS can detect car system issues that would have otherwise gone undetected.
- . Volkmar Denner – CEO, Bosch
Under Denner’s leadership, Bosch has contributed innovations such as an on-screen button you can actually feel. This year, Denner focused on cross-pollinating divisions within the corporation to break down boundaries and achieve IoT innovation. The company also announced its own IoT cloud, which will allow Bosch to accelerate its efforts to develop smart cars and smart homes, as well as intelligent manufacturing.
“We believe in open platforms, in open standards; we believe in open source, and we believe in strategic alliances,” Denner said during his presentation at Bosch Connected World 2016. M
- . Nigel Upton – GM of IoT for Communications & Media Solutions/Communications Solutions Business, HPE
HPE’s Nigel Upton is responsible for the universal IoT platform that powers everything from connected cars to telecommunications to smart cities. This platform allows enterprises to get the full value of IoT, enabling them to extract data from many different devices and turn it into a common standards-based format so it can be analyzed, enriched from other data, and can create value through applications.
Upton’s priority for 2017? “Race to get as many devices connected and on the IoT platform as possible.
- . Sébastien Boria – R&D Mechatronics Technology Leader, Airbus
Utilizing IoT to run an efficient assembly line is something Amazon and other logistics companies have down. But when it comes to airplane manufacturing, assembly lines just aren’t there yet. A dwindling workforce in the industry has led to a backlog in production.
Boria aims to mitigate this backlog with his “factory of the future” at Airbus. ‘’
- . Vinay Anand — VP and GM, ClearPass Security, Aruba (an HPE company)
Most IT organizations are still in early stages of understanding and deploying IoT within their networks. But as different groups within an organization embark on the IoT journey with varying priorities and timelines, this fragmented approach presents new security risks. While the overarching IT goal is to connect and protect all sorts of IoT devices on the network with minimal disruption to operations, one urgent and critical need is for visibility of IoT devices that are connecting in different parts of the network—similar to when bring your own device (BYOD) appeared in the enterprise several years ago.
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