What is IoT?

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What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

 

The internet of things, or IoT, is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

A thing in the internet of things can be a person with a heart monitor implant, a farm animal with a biochip transponder, an automobile that has built-in sensors to alert the driver when tire pressure is low or any other natural or man-made object that can be assigned an IP address and is able to transfer data over a network.

Increasingly, organisations in a variety of industries are using IoT to operate more efficiently, better understand customers to deliver enhanced customer service, improve decision-making and increase the value of the business.

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How does Canopy Manage handle IoT?

Growing Sprawl

The problem faced globally is the growing sprawl IT and IoT assets.  With no common link IoT devices and changing architectures and data management approaches to turn ever more data from this growing number of IoT devices into actionable intelligence, as a result the importance of IoT asset health management can hardly be underestimated.

IoT health management encompasses device provisioning, administration, monitoring, and diagnostics important for trouble replication and corrective measures. Important IoT device management functions include enrollment/provisioning, configuration/association, software updates, and overall management and control.

IoT Security

One of the most significant challenges concerning the management of IoT,  the key challenge is IoT security as IoT lacks centralised management systems that can address common security challenges.  Such as patching, firmware updating and IoT device visibility in networks; speed of processing and analysing data to feed essential business applications in real-time.

By learning what ‘good’ or normal means to the IoT asset use, potential security concerns can be raised intelligently if activity falls outside this normal perimeter.