The Internet of Things (IoT) continues its breathtaking rise. The new connected objects which surround us have transformed our everyday lives by helping remotely manage homes and cars or monitor medical data. It can also help industrial companies become more effective, more productive and safer.
All these connections to cellular and other networks to collect data and remotely control our surroundings raise innumerable technological, privacy and security challenges. To be effective, OT is integrating security systems within the connected objects themselves and is proposing a range of services to leverage the IoT wave.
IoT in motion
For connectivity providers such as mobile operators, one of the main challenges of the Internet of Things (IoT) is to provide optimized global connectivity to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) while simplifying their production and logistics of the connected devices they are distributing worldwide. OT streamlines IoT connectivity and subscription management with its dedicated solution and range of products built to comply with harsh stress conditions and designed to provide the extended lifetime required for industrial, automotive and consumer electronic devices.
With more and more devices connected to back-end applications, through the public Internet or through mobile networks, new security concerns emerge about confidentiality, integrity and control of data. One of the first challenges, given there is no human involvement, is to securely authenticate the devices before transmitting data. Confidentiality and integrity of the information collected is also crucial in the development of the IoT: nobody wants information about their business or how they live to fall in the wrong hands, or to be altered by unauthorized parties. OT brings the highest level of security in and around the devices not only by protecting the access to the devices, to network resources and to cloud-based services, but also by providing the safest possible place to store secret information and execute sensitive applications.
At the end of the day, connected devices are only the tip of the Iceberg. Manufacturers are moving from selling products to selling services. Intelligence is in the cloud and in the specific applications developed to optimize operations, to improve product usage and related services, and to analyze customer behavior. OT’s approach answers the needs of data collection, application development and device management, that cover not only a given vertical, but a broader horizontal approach.
OT enables mobile operators to answer the M2M and IoT market needs for optimum mobile data connectivity. It allows OEMs to offer connected devices working “out-of-the-box” and manage connectivity with their MNO partners during the entire device lifetime. Alternatively, the end-users can also choose their preferred tariff plan directly from their devices.
In addition to secure elements protecting data stored in the end-point devices, OT provides solutions to ensure that data exchanged will not be tampered or read by unauthorized parties. Thanks to secure authentication and end-to-end encryption, it ensures that devices are not being hacked or cloned and that stored or transmitted data is not compromised.
OT’s M-Sense removes the complexity of collecting data from different devices using multiple data protocols and connected to various networks. It enables mobile operators and OEMs to answer the demand of enterprises to get actionable information and to remotely control their assets. Thanks to real-time monitoring, support and maintenance, it contributes to delivering better end-user experience.