The IoT (Internet of Things) has potential to increase information access dramatically and transform organizations in virtually every industry. IoT is already bringing advanced technological capabilities to multiple consumers – commercial and industrial – partly because IoT encompasses numerous types of operations, from transportation and logistics to wearable devices and connected homes.
What it promises
Today, there are more than 13 billion interconnected digital and electronic devices operating globally – the equivalent of nearly two devices for every human on earth. Government of India estimates the country’s share to be between five and six percent of the worldwide IoT market by 2020.
IoT will directly alter multiple industries in the Indian economy, including manufacturing, energy, agriculture and transportation. Together, those sectors account for close to half of India’s GDP. IoT will also affect consumers in India, as their everyday devices already connect to the internet through tiny embedded sensors using computing power.
Internet of things requires elusive interoperability
Efficiency of mass transit is gaining importance in an increasingly urbanized world. Interoperability is becoming more and more relevant across all industries including public safety & security, utilities, natural resources, transport, and government & public infrastructure.
Disparate markets are evolving independently, posing a challenge to universal interoperability. Besides, due to the highly competitive economic environment, technologies are evolving and changing rapidly. That makes interoperability difficult to achieve in short time frames. Numerous efforts are currently underway to develop standards and protocols that will help guide future IoT technology development.
Awareness on adoption of open standards by market players and regulators will help in mass market deployment of products, which is the need of the hour for industries.
Key development activities:
Ensuring interoperability in Internet of Things
Interoperability is the essence of Internet of Things (IoT). Having the most updated and advanced system is useful if wireless infrastructure is configured to synchronize with its devices. For mobile network operators, IoT indicates huge opportunities, not just from increasing mobile subscriptions, but additional services such as security enhancements for IoT solution providers. But making sure they work together is something the consumer does not see or even care about. How do these devices talk to each other? Different devices employ different technologies, protocols, and connecting devices, which use different languages (protocols). That is a challenge and necessitates some kind of translator or gateway. So how does a manufacturing company know if its product will work in IoT or IoE? The answer is simple: Interoperability testing!
Many certification programs are able to demonstrate interoperability between devices of the same technology, but difficulty multiplies when a number of technologies, protocols, and dynamic systems have to work together. But how can it be demonstrated that it works? That’s where the UL Interop team comes in and designs bespoke ‘interop’ programs to put devices through their paces. The team tries to make it, so that manufacturers can feed the findings back and develop high-performance products. Link
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