Engineering a Trusted Internet of Things
By Manfred Kube, Head of M2M Segment Marketing and Director Business
Development mHealth, Gemalto
The Internet of Things (Io T) is disrupting a wide variety of market sectors and applications, ranging from connected
cars and intelligent transportation systems to smart cities.
This diversity has spawned a vast ecosystem enabling new
opportunities and business models that people need to trust
to keep their data protected. To achieve that trust, three
essential elements are required: connectivity, security, and
Transformation in Progress
By 2022, each of us will connect to a myriad of “things”
and the average household with two teenage children
will own approximately 50 internet-connected devices,
according to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation &
Development. While this certainly brings greater convenience
and efficiency, it also increases complexity and vulnerabilities.
Nowhere is the Io T transformation more relevant than
in modern transportation systems. Smart cars are greatly
enhancing vehicle performance, driver and passenger comfort,
convenience, and safety leveraging a network of embedded
sensors, connected components, cameras, objects, and
systems. According to McKinsey & Company’s Connected
Car Report, today’s connected car has the computing power
of 20 personal computers, features 100 million lines of
programming code and processes up to 25 gigabytes of data
an hour. By 2020, it’s estimated that there will be 220 million
connected cars on the road, each equipped with more than
200 sensors – double the number in cars today.
Smart cars can communicate seamlessly with “smart city”
solutions such as connected streetlights and road signs.
Smart city applications offer local governments the ability to
monitor and improve traffic patterns, manage lights in real
time, optimize traffic flow, and reduce road congestion. This
provides a clearer picture of how drivers, cars, objects, and
systems are all part of a holistic connected ecosystem.
The intersection of Io T and the “sharing economy” is
creating a completely new market revolving around shared
assets. Car2Go, Zipcar, even rental companies are taking
advantage of this new market and launching car share
programs that allow drivers to locate available vehicles and
download secure car keys to their smartphone.
The Io T is improving operational excellence, delivering
continuous monitoring and data that reduces costs and
increases efficiency across virtually any business sector. By
examining data from connected things and vehicles, device