The Internet of Things (IoT) is at the heart of a powerful technology revolution. Thanks to the recently announced Intel® IoT Platform, the act of connecting devices and systems to each other so that they can share data has suddenly come within reach. Soon, we will begin seeing a flood of new products, services, and experiences. Over the next few years, we can also expect to see shared data transform industries from healthcare to retail, accelerate scientific research, and change the way we live.
Yet there are still challenges ahead. Currently, 85 percent of devices are not designed to connect to the Internet, and securing the billions of things and devices already connected—and the massive amounts of data they generate—is still a top-of-mind barrier to adoption for some industries and organizations.
With the Intel IoT Platform, however, a broad spectrum of interoperable, cross-ecosystem IoT solutions can begin to emerge. At its foundation, this new platform builds on our five key IoT tenets.
- Security: Tightly integrated hardware and software security from the edge to the cloud, along with data protection and policy management, delivers trusted data to applications that deliver value
- Interoperability: Modular, standardized Intel® technologies seamlessly communicate to one another, accelerating time to market and reducing the cost of deploying and maintaining IoT solutions
- Scalability: Industry-leading Intel solutions across the IoT infrastructure deliver scalable computing from edge to cloud
- Manageability: Device, security, and advanced data management provide end users with the capabilities to manage and deploy large-scale IoT systems
- Analytics: Delivering trusted data and the capability to run analytics near the sensors from the edge to the datacenter enables real-time insights and streamlining operations
In this illustration, you see a representation of the end-to-end platform, beginning on the far left with the data generators—those devices and sensors used at work and at home—and ending on the far right with the data analysts and industries that rely on data to inform their actions and decisions.
- Connecting Devices and Gathering Data: As data is gathered from connected devices and sensors, both the hardware and software are verified and secured to ensure only trusted data is sent to the cloud.
- Bringing Intelligence to the Edge: After it is verified, raw data still needs to be filtered, managed, and sent to the cloud. This data is already valuable to many industries and users (for instance, getting instant directions from your GPS or automating manufacturing processes based on output)—and can be analyzed to inform devices and machines at the edge.
- Turning Information into Insight: Significant processing happens in the cloud before data is stored—this can include applying policies (for example, separating healthcare data from personal identifiers) and directing the right data to the right database. Here too, data may be utilized by industries to manage devices, policies, and networks.
- Visualize Data and Monetize Insight: Finally, the collected data is made available to autonomous machine systems or end users—such as data scientists, analysts, and researchers—accessing the appropriate databases. The resulting insight informs a breadth of actions, services, and operations.
- End-to-End Security: At every point in the platform, security is applied at the hardware and software layers to ensure devices, networks, and data are secured. Policy management and secure scalable compute help protect transactions and services.
Integrated Hardware and Software for the IoT
Intel is delivering a roadmap of integrated hardware and software products to support the Intel IoT Platform. The new products from Intel include:
- Wind River Edge Management System provides cloud connectivity to facilitate device configuration, file transfers, data capture, and rules-based data analysis and response.
- The latest Intel® IoT Gateway integrates the Wind River Edge Management System via an available agent, which allows gateways to be rapidly deployed, provisioned, and managed throughout the lifecycle of a system, reducing costs and time to market.
- Intel is expanding its cloud analytics support for IoT Developer Kits to include the Intel® IoT Gateway series, in addition to Intel® Galileo boards and Intel® Edison modules. Cloud analytics enables IoT application developers to detect trends and anomalies in time series at big data scale.
- Customers of the Intel® IoT Platform today have access to the Intel Mashery API management tools to create data APIs that can be shared internally, externally with partners, or monetized as revenue-generating data services for customers.
- McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) is the most advanced, extensible, and scalable centralized security management software in the industry, and the only enterprise-class software to provide unified management of endpoint, network, and data security.
- McAfee Embedded Control (MEC) maintains the integrity of systems by allowing only authorized code to run and only authorized changes to be made.
Moving IoT Forward
The Intel IoT Platform offers a clear foundation for innovation and growth. By using the Intel IoT Platform as a foundation, countless IoT-based solutions and services can be successfully developed and deployed.
Watch Brian McCarson, Intel Senior Principal Engineer, give us a whiteboard break down of how the platform works and visit intel.com/iot for more information.