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The Internet of Things – Most Talked About Technology

Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most talked about technology trends today and is expected to have a significant impact on the technology landscape and society-at-large in the coming years. According to a survey conducted by Gartner, more than 40% of organisations expect Internet of Things to have a significant impact by 2018.

Last year, the government of India also announced plans to create a $15 billion IoT market in the country by 2020. Hence, with the increasing adoption of the internet, IoT will continue to evolve in the coming years. However, reliable internet connectivity and overall supporting infrastructure will be a key prerequisite for this growth.

Eric Torres

Eric Torres, Vice President, Corporate Strategy-Special Projects, Tata Communications.

Understanding this massive need for a new smart network to enable IoT, Tata Communications successfully conducted trials of a new Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN), based on LoRa technology for connected devices and cutting edge IoT applications across Mumbai and Delhi. These trials are just the beginning; we intend to deploy this network across India. It is interesting to note that market studies show that by 2023, 40% internet connection will be on low power WAN and 90% of the IoT devices in the field will require to last for many years, even in unimaginable locations like underground and underwater. Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) offers all of these technology benefits – promised data security irrespective of location and data storage duration.

However, the growing number of connected devices also raises concerns for data security, especially around data collection, management and data mining. IoT brings forth the need for tight linkages between information security, information technology security, operational technology security and physical security. As a result, IoT and cloud will work hand-in-hand; 2016 is looking at developments for secure logins such as through face and voice recognition. Tata Communications’ LPWAN and IZO are the stepping stones to connect services and assure data security.

The writer is Eric Torres, Vice President, Corporate Strategy-Special Projects, Tata Communications.

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