Internet of Things
Remote maintenance of machines and devices – in the best of cases predictive – is one of the fields of application that is mentioned most frequently when it comes to specific applications of the Internet of Things in industry.
These are also available in the management of wind turbines, for which HPE also has a solution in its portfolio. The maintenance effort is particularly high in this area. If this can be reduced, it will also have a positive effect on the costs of operating the wind farms.
Internet of Things for Businesses
The Internet of Things offers businesses other potential benefits. By analyzing quality data, production errors could be detected earlier. Processes could basically run more flexibly.
The manufacturing industry is therefore particularly interested in the networking of machines and objects. According to IDC, this industry is one of the sectors in which half of all IoT projects are currently taking place. The other areas are transport, smart cities and applications for end customers.
However, processing the large amounts of data in the Internet of Things is a challenge for IT in the data centers and the network. HPE has therefore developed IoT systems that move computing power and data management to the edge of the network.
The new gateway product line is consequently called Edgeline. With the gateways, users can evaluate the resulting data in real time and manage, configure and control the end devices.
The new products include the entry-level model EL10 and the gateway EL20, which is designed for applications with higher data volumes. Both use HPE’s Moonshot server technology, which, according to the provider, should be particularly energy-efficient and space-saving.
According to Antonio Neri, the gateways support all types of sensors. Neri is Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Group at HPE. In his opinion, the new systems bring intelligence to the network’s outer limits, where it is urgently needed. “That speeds up access to relevant data,” says Neri. In addition, less bandwidth is required because there is no longer so much useless data to be transported.
Success Factors of Internet of Things
In addition to quick access to the data and its processing, another factor is decisive for the success of the Internet of Things: security.
For example, in a study, HPE examined ten of the most popular IoT devices. These were televisions, webcams, thermostats, remote-controllable sockets, door locks, extinguishing systems, scales and garage openers.
The experts discovered a total of 250 vulnerabilities. This included, among other things, data being transmitted unencrypted, weak passwords being accepted or user data being saved.
If networked devices are also used in offices and factories, loopholes open up for cyber criminals in companies. HPE therefore also has security technology in its IoT offering. These include, for example, security tests for devices, networks, cellular networks and the cloud under the name Fortify.
With SecureData, the IT provider also provides data-centric protection when transferring and storing IoT data. There is also technology to encrypt data or to control network access.
Future of IOT:
In the future, the Internet of Things could gain even more momentum at HPE. Under the catchphrase “The Machine”, HPE is working on a completely new computer architecture that uses memristors – passive components – instead of transistors.
It should enable fast computing operations and require only a fraction of the electrical power of conventional systems.
HPE still has a long way to go. But the HPE researchers are already targeting one area of application: the Internet of Things. And it’s about cars again.
The machine technology is intended to accelerate communication between cars in the future and thus advance applications for the networked vehicle.