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IoT at the peak of inflated expectations: Thilak Kumar, Wind River

Saheli Sen Gupta | June 29, 2016
Touted as one of the most hyped technologies of 2015, IoT has created a buzz in the IT industry. Thilak Kumar, Head FAE APAC, Wind River, guides us through the rise of IoT.

What differentiates Wind River's offerings in this area? How does Wind River address privacy and security concerns in the IoT space?

Large global device manufacturers are using our platform as a means to connect multiple disparate devices, like MRIs and scanners inside a hospital, and use the software that runs on this platform to bring together data from multiple devices. This platform is our biggest differentiator in the market, along with a rich third party ecosystem of partnerships that we've built over the past three years. This helps us deliver tailor-made solutions quickly--IoT is a new market and is beginning to gain adoption without prior references, which makes every solution new.

Privacy and security become the two faces of the same coin, depending upon the market that the solution is addressing. In a consumer market, it is more of a privacy concern, whereas in an industrial market, it is a discussion on security instead. The third differentiator of our IoT solution addresses this very issue by providing a four dimensional security framework.

If you look at the overall components of an IoT system, consisting of devices, gateways and the cloud, we provide security at all three levels. Apart from root based trust, which is at the time of design itself, we work with McAfee -- a sister company of Intel -- to provide total security for our gateway products as well as cloud solutions.

IoT has been dubbed as one of the most hyped technologies in the past year with not many use cases in the industry. What do you think the future will bring into this space?

A lot of people believe that IoT is at the peak of inflated expectations right now, but it is becoming more and more realistic as people are beginning to understand and leverage the technology to create some value. Today, thehype exists because everyone wants to be in IoT but it will only start making sense when people start realizing real value of it. It has to either be capable of generating new revenue streams or it has to be able to bring down their operational costs.

Currently, most people are at the prototype or pilot phase and only when its real value is realized will they really start deploying this technology. The biggest beneficiary out of IoT solutions will be the healthcare industry, including remote healthcare management, especially in areas where medical aid is not readily available.

Do you think India's present networking system is strong enough to pull off IoT?

Let's say a solution is completely dependent upon cellular technologies, then it's ubiquitous in the country today. As cellular technology can be found at every possible corner of the country, it is definitely possible to leverage it to implement several different solutions, depending on the kind of use cases. In the tier-2 and tier-3 cities, where network penetration is still a challenge, the question is much higher than just the implementation of IoT.


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