Is Your Network Ready for The Internet of Everything?

Internet of everything (IoE) is the process of bringing together process, people, data and other related things to enhance the relevancy of networked connections. It aims at making the networked connections valuable by transforming information into action which would create richer experiences, better capabilities and higher economic opportunity for individuals, businesses and countries.

Majority of the enterprises in the world are not geared for the Internet of Things, even after they believe in its potential. There isn’t enough network capacity to handle the demand that would follow the huge increase in the number of devices connected to the network. Recent surveys have showed that people are aware of the potential of IoT and companies are even preparing for meeting the networking demands created by the IoT projects.

The research also reveals that there will be a 90% increase in the number of things (26 billion) by the year 2020. IT leaders are going to find it really difficult because the number of devices is going to witness an unprecedented rise because of the BYOD policies being implemented by the companies. Employees are going to bring personal devices to the offices and this is also going to increase the number of units that are going to be connected to the network.

Here are a few steps that you should take to create your network for the Internet of Things (IoT):

  • You need to have a dedicated IT team at office before you start purchasing or planning for the IoT deployment
  • You need to create the policies for network access, so that the network resources are not used for inefficient purposes and the same time preserve the network security.
  • Try to get access to the automation and control systems so as to not overwhelm the network team by all the manual tasks when IoT devices are added.
  • Try to deploy IPv6, or expand the IPv6 deployments that exist so as to prevent the shortage of IPv4 addresses – this will expedite the deployment of IoT.

Advantages of Connectivity

You might wonder why you must even bother with IoT. Today’s business environment is tightly integrated. All our data is on computerized systems. Production floors are computerized, and the office environment is managed my computerized systems that read live data. You don’t give or get any more paper. Most data that you get are in digital format.

An accounting system or ERP ensures all your production, financial, and employee information is available online. In addition with the addition of VoIP, your communication system also forms part of the overall system. Integrating everything else in your office is just a logical step in this process. Your parking lot information, geo locations of your employees, geo location of your produce under shipment are just a few sets of information that you can keep a tight control on. Imagine your printer giving you a message that the paper is getting over. Imagine your water fountain telling you that there is just a liter of potable water left?

As more and more devices are managed and controlled by small processes that input and output digital data, there is no reason why you should not integrate them to your centralized information system. This will certainly increase both your productivity as well as employee well being and happiness.

Michelle Patterson is excited with the new technologies that are threatening to change the way we stay in touch and communicate, particular in business. She works with companies that are introducing these technologies to make understanding them easy for regular people.