Internet of Things – Smartest Solutions!

WHAT IS IoT?

“George works at Spacely Sprockets which pays him a daily salary for merely pushing a button. At home, Jane is a homemaker who ensures that all the machines are doing their errands. The head robot of the family is Rosie the maid, who often does her job with a little more wit and sarcasm than George wishes, but she’s a cherished member of the family nonetheless.” – This is a description of the daily life of The Jetsons, a popular American animated sitcom aired way back in 1962-63. However, sooner than later, this is going to be our reality. With the advent of Internet of Things,  or IoT as we call it, it has become possible to connect all the devices that can be assigned an IP address on the internet so that they can collect and exchange data using embedded sensors.

The IoT is a lethal combination of the big five disruptive technologies: cloud, analytics, social, mobile and security and it is the coalition of these technologies that make the concept of IoT so powerful.

Imagine this scenario –

“On a regular day, your bed wakes you up after it determines that you have had a peaceful night of sleep. It also notifies your coffee maker to make coffee. The coffee maker had ordered for coffee beans yesterday as there was a shortage. After the coffee, you get into the car which has already analyzed the map and traffic patterns and informs you of the best route to your office. On reaching the office, your wearable tells you an ideal location in the office where you are the most productive. Your lunch has been pre-ordered depending on your taste and fancy for the day. You end the long day of tiring work and return to your home where the lighting of the room is in sync with your mood which was always being tracked by your wearable. You are surrounded by devices that are connected to the internet and each other.”

If you look at things 10 years back, the first iPhone had just been rolled into the market with features that were revolutionary for that time. Compare it with features of the iPhone 7, and they would appear cute. It will not be an overstatement to say that with the acceleration of IoT technology, such progress will be exponential; and this applies not just to iPhones, but to each and every object that surrounds us. It will not be the Internet of Things, it will become the Internet of Everything.

 

THE FUTURE of IoT?

IoT definitely looks to be a thing of the present and most definitely the thing for the future. We can already see the emergence of smart cities, connected railways and cars. There is much more to come. One can easily imagine a time where the concept of IoT will cease to exist due to its ubiquity. It will be impossible to imagine that all things weren’t connected and that the extraordinary benefits of IoT hadn’t always been with us.

— Connected Agriculture will lead to higher production and lower land footprints.

— Transportation will be completely connected which will lead to higher efficiency and increase safety.

— Connected Healthcare will be able to predict a disease and nip it in the bud.

— Connected Energy Systems will lead to a proper distribution of energy and better stability of the energy grid.

— Interfaces will migrate from a touch based technology to gesture based technology

All this is just the beginning of a future that has endless possibilities. Anything that can be connected, will be connected.

 

CHALLENGES OF IoT?

The emergence of every new technology presents a plethora of new opportunities. But, every new opportunity comes with its own challenges. IoT is no different.

 

— Enterprises need to identify areas where this new technology can be integrated.  Considering the speed at which IoT is moving, the concept of Late Adopters doesn’t exist.

— There will be bandwidth bottlenecks with so many things connected. There is a high possibility of transforming the network infrastructure of the companies.

— A large number of additional devices connected will impact overall network performance. Benchmarks and methodologies will have to be implemented to curtail this issue.

— With IoT connecting so many things, security will be the prime concern. There has to be policies and implementation of those policies using technology keeping IoT in perspective

— There will be trust and privacy issues. With remote sensors and connected devices, there will be a tussle for the ownership of data along with compliance issues.

 

NEED FOR ASSESSMENTS-

With so many new opportunities and challenges in the field of IoT, there is an ever-increasing need to assess everyone who is associated with the evolving technology. There are several reasons for the same.

 

— Assessment is a must for the legislators who will lay down the guidelines and directives for the implementation of this technology.

— The marketing team needs to be assessed so that they can tap the requirements of the consumer in the IoT space.

— The drivers of the technology needs to be assessed on this upcoming space so that they can screen the idea based on market demands, adaptation probability, and compliance issues.

— Assessments are needed for the scientists and engineers who directly work on this technology

— There is a need for assessments for the security engineers in particular as new security and privacy concerns will arise with the upcoming technology.

—  The sales team needs to be assessed as the selling method of this new technology will be significantly different than what it has been for products till date.

— Most importantly, the consumers need to be assessed so that they can make the best out of this technology and come up with more requirements that can drive the evolution of IoT.

 

WeCP ASSESSMENTS on IoT:

Connected objects will be everywhere in no time. The impact of IoT is increasing and is evident from the fact that all the major players in the technology space are moving towards it. The Indian IoT market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 28.2% during 2016-22. It is not long before IoT will penetrate each and every business at all the horizontals. The organizations have to adopt this technology in order to remain competitive. The need for acquiring individuals who are experts in various spheres of this state of the art technology has become a considerable priority.

We would like you to have a glimpse of what WeCP offers in IOT, through some sample problems :

 

Sample Problems:

Sample Problem 1: Firewalls not only block incoming connection attempts, but they also hide a network behind a single IP address. Which of the following protocols is used by IOT in order to cross firewall boundaries to ensure that all the endpoints in a conversation act as clients and are therefore accessible to everybody?

1. MQTT protocol that uses message broker.

2. UPnP protocol that works in protected networks where devices communicate with each other, unhindered by firewalls.

3. CoAP protocol where method calls can be made using confirmable and non-confirmable message services.

 

– The motive behind asking this question is to access the knowledge of different protocols and their functionalities used in IoT platform.

 

Sample Problem 2: IoT provides heterogeneous communication between different data links. As IoT environments rely on many different MAC protocols, interoperability among all these technologies needs to be handled. Which of the following is provided by IoT Management Protocols to offer such interoperability among all these heterogeneous MAC protocols?

 

– The motive behind this problem is to assess the skill of examinee in managing communication to offer interoperability among IoT devices using heterogeneous protocols.

 

On a concluding note, there is lack of sufficient resources for these new technologies, let alone assessments. How would an organization assess the expertise of potential employees who would be handling different domains of IoT?

This is where we at WeCP come in with our assessments in IoT. We do understand that only experts of the field can correctly assess the candidates for a niche area like IoT. With this in mind, we use the principle of collective intelligence where experts from the associated domains come together, share knowledge and create problems to assess the potential employees for driving your technology. This ensures that the assessment is exhaustive and complete in all sense which assists in better recruitment and greater efficiency for your enterprise.

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