By Kumar, Manager, IoT Sales, Wind River
Wind River Systems, Inc. is an American company providing a comprehensive embedded system software portfolio which comprises run-time software, industry-specific software solutions, simulation technology, development tools and middleware.
IoT is not just a buzz word anymore but it is real, it is here to stay for a long time and it will have more and more impact on our day to day lives as it evolves. Gartner identified IoT and M2M amongst India’s Top ten technology trends in 2014 and it continues to be so.
The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has drafted an IoT policy with the goal of creating an IoT industry in the country worth $15 billion by 2020.The policy aims to increase the connected devices in the country from around 200 million to over 2.7 billion by 2020, to develop human resources and technology for IoT relevant skill-sets, to undertake research and development is IoT relevant fields, and to develop various IoT solutions specific to Indian needs in health, agriculture, water quality, transportation, automobiles, natural disaster, supply chain management and smart cities among others. Some of the key elements of smart cities will include smart parking, intelligent transport system, tele-care, women’s safety, smart grids, smart urban lighting, waste management, smart city maintenance, digital signage and water management. In the budget this year, the government had allocated Rs 7060 crore for smart cities, which according to the DeitY will lead to massive and quick expansion of IoT in the country.
M2M technology and its wider acceptance, especially among industry verticals
M2M technology enables devices that once existed in isolation to be connected and it offer two key benefits. First, it enables devices to communicate with each other and make some smart decisions on the go and second, it enables devices to communicate and share data with a central server. This data on the server can then be processed into meaningful information which in turn can be used to better manage the devices on the field.
With changing business landscape, M2M also enables device manufacturers to move from a device centric model to a service oriented model. However, with connectivity, there is always threat of security. Therefore, when we think of M2M, it is important to consider three pillars of enablement – Connectivity, Manageability and Security. M2M finds application in many different industry verticals such as Energy, Transportation, Medical and Industrial Automation. In Energy, Smart Meters are becoming more and more pervasive enabling utilities to better manage their assets and energy distribution. In Transportation, M2M enables better fleet management and in Medical, it becomes the foundation for Remote Health Management services.
Will IoT impact work life? Do IT heads and CIO’s need to put in place systems as like in the case of mobility
Yes, IoT definitely bears an impact on work life. For example, for a company providing cab services, IoT offers them mechanism to better manage their assets and also provide useful information to its workforce. In Retail, it offers a mechanism for real time manageability of inventory and enable just in time supply. With all of this real time information flowing from the last mile to the warehouse and in turn to the factory, it enables manufacturers to better manage demand and supply.
Wind River’s play in IoT
Wind River has been providing the intelligence that powers interconnected, automated systems for decades. In highly regulated industries and mission-critical applications—where security is paramount and failure is not an option—Wind River delivers intelligence where it's needed, supplying the foundation that enables IoT networks and connected devices to perform reliably, safely, and efficiently.
Wind River Intelligent Device Platform XT is a scalable, sustainable, and secure development environment for the development and deployment of IoT gateways and plays an integral role in the Intel IoT Gateway. The platform enables developers to rapidly build secure, enterprise-grade intelligent systems for IoT.