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Top Three Challenges of Enterprise IoT Adoption
- Countless Standards. More than 15 billion Wi-Fi radios were installed into more than 6.8 billion devices in 2016, making Wi-Fi one of the most prolific technologies in the world. However, Wi-Fi’s power requirements and range constraints limit its suitability to IoT sensors and tags that are meant to run on batteries or to relay information over long distances. While Zigbee, LoRa, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and other associated IoT standards address power concerns, they are not as ubiquitously deployed. Additionally, low power WAN (LPWAN), IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Networks (6LowPAN), and alternative 802.15.4 based standards continue to contend for recognition.
- Weak Security. IoT endpoints are often resource-constrained, “headless,” non-IP devices that lack the hardware capabilities to support security best-practices such as digital certificates. Physical-layer security such as the 128-bit AES encryption provided by 802.15.4 standards-compliant ASICs offers but one layer of protection. Given the less-than-ideal security capabilities of today’s IoT endpoints, breach detection is difficult and the cost to determine such a breach can often eclipse the cost to replace these simple beacons and tags.
- Lack of Interoperability. In a smart home, a thermostat must talk to the HVAC system, a daylight sensor must talk to lights and window shades, and air filters must alert us when a filter replacement is needed. Communication between devices is critical if the IoT is to have any impact on our daily lives or within our enterprises. Today’s IoT silos can require extensive systems integration to allow inter-device communication between different IoT solutions, thus making enterprise adoption all the more difficult.
Countless StandardsAnnounced on February 21, The Ruckus IoT Suite allows enterprises to build an IoT access network that supports both Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi IoT endpoints with a shared multi-standard access network that reuses the same device onboarding, security, and management network infrastructure used for today’s wired and wireless LANs. The Ruckus IoT Suite comprises of four elements:
Weak SecuritySecurity is a top concern contributing to IoT deployment delays. Addressing IoT security requires a multi-layered approach. The Ruckus IoT Suite bundles security best-practices, including:
- Digital certificates
- Traffic isolation
- Physical security