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The Update Dilemma: Switching to IoT and M2M

Back to Blog  •  Posted on January 5, 2015 by admin


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There is no doubt about the fact that Internet of Things (IoT) offers a vast array of advantages over our older connected machines.

However, updating to IoT may not be as easy as it was once perceived to be.

The Internet of Things may be one of the newer ideas in our technological markets, but machines communicating with other machines isn’t. They way networked devices have been evolving in today’s industries, where they have been utilized for several years, the way such connected devices have impacted in today’s industries, and where they have been utilized is a giant statement about why IoT has the potential to be a lot larger than it has been in the past, as well as its potential for the future. However, within the realms of our enterprises, such an evolution can present quite a few challenges.

It is a common, yet overlooked aspect of the illuminated new world of the Internet of Things. Most of the opportunities that are available today for the purposes of deploying enterprises of IoT are in “brownfield environments”, which are organizations that include some forms of connected devices that have already been set in place.

A very small percentage of those installed systems have undergone the upgrading processes of IoT thus far, under the estimations of Cisco Systems. Today’s manufacturers, utility companies, and oil companies have utilized connected devices to supervise their operations while simultaneously having the ability of controlling the infrastructures. Such activities have been an ongoing process for at least the past 20 years.

Earlier technologies were referred as M2M, or machine-to-machine, and have typically been linked to local or private networks only. A large majority of these connected machines aren’t even on the Internet, according to the vice president of IoT solutions of Wind River, the embedded software subsidiary of Intel.

Machine-to-machine systems have typically been regarded as being reliable and secure, with a design that is strong enough to continue working for several years. Most are built for specific purposes and rely on certain software, hardware, and networks. Such an integration can keep customers coming back to one single vendor, which in turn limits the development and production stages of products for a smaller market, according to a partner of Waterstone Management Group (a consulting firm that is in the business of advising enterprises of connected device plans).