Gateway to IoT Innovation:
The $10 Trillion IoT Opportunity

By: Scott St. John, Pipeline

The Internet of Things (IoT) market is at a pivotal point. It constitutes a tremendous opportunity for network and service providers, with some market forecasters predicting a more than 300 percent increase in connected devices coming online between now and 2030. That equates to nearly 30 million devices and a $10 trillion market size encompassing many industry verticals. But the question remains whether network service providers will seize the IoT opportunity to move up the value chain by providing more value and helping their customers transform…

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The Industrial IoT Digital Divide

By: Rajeev Shah

Let’s start with the definition of Industrial IoT (IIoT). It is an ecosystem of devices, sensors, applications, and networking equipment that work together to collect, monitor, and analyze data from industrial operations to increase visibility and enhance troubleshooting and maintenance capabilities. The overall goal is to improve productivity and increase operational efficiency. The market is flooded with smart devices for Industrial IoT, including sensors, connected PLC machines, scanners, ruggedized tablets, automated forklifts (AFLs), automated guided vehicles (AGVs), and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs)…

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GenAI Insights for IoT

By: Mark Cummings, Ph.D.

IoT technology produces many different streams of data. AI is very good at finding patterns in what otherwise appears to be unrelated data. Applying AI to oceans of IoT-generated data is likely to produce new and valuable insights. Although there are significant questions about how this can best be done for the general good, such an application of GenAI is likely to become part of the emerging GenAI-driven paradigm. Technology innovation follows a four-stage pattern: 1) denial; 2) implementation of the old paradigm with new technology; 3) emergence of a new paradigm, implementing the new technology in new ways; and 4) the next technology innovation…

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Enhancing IoT Security in Critical Infrastructure

By: Andrea Carcano, Michael Dugent

As global digitalization continues in virtually all aspects of society, seemingly millions of new devices are connected to corporate networks and the internet on a daily basis, creating a much larger attack surface for nefarious actors to take advantage of. Cybersecurity researchers note that numerous attacks nowadays are driven by a desire for control and destruction, placing critical infrastructure environments squarely in the crosshairs of hackers. Critical infrastructure systems –– the assets and networks, be they physical or virtual, underpinning the functioning of an economy and society –– determine the security, prosperity, well-being, and resilience of an entire nation…

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IoT, 5G, and Escaping the eSIM Crunch

By: Chris Jahr

The expansion of 5G networks is expected to enable an explosion of new IoT devices that require mobile network authentication. Currently, cellular network authentication happens via SIM technology, which itself is undergoing a transformation from physical SIM cards to digital eSIMs. Regardless of the form factor, however, the reality is that the SIM industry is not set up to scale to meet the explosion in volumes expected, especially the needs of an ever-growing number of companies in the IoT market that will require smaller quantities of eSIMs…

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A Proactive Approach to Disaster Management

By: Rajesh Suseelan

Reports of wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters are never far from the headlines — a constant reminder of the growing threat of climate change. Last year was the warmest on record, with millions of people being impacted by extreme weather events. These events are becoming more frequent and more intense as the world’s climate changes, and developing countries are being hit the hardest. Emergency responses and long-term recovery are always more challenging in these nations — already struggling with war, political corruption, and fragile infrastructure and agriculture — which struggle to withstand and recover from disasters…

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From Hardware to Holistic: The IoT
Revolution in Business

By: Ron Konezny

As organizations around the world embrace digitalization and Industry 4.0, the demand for Internet of Things (IoT) technology is skyrocketing. In fact, the global IoT market is expected to be worth $2.23 trillion by 2028, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.57 percent. The pressure to adapt and transform is undeniable in this rapidly evolving landscape. Business transformation can be daunting, particularly for large, established technology companies in the IoT space. Rarely a simple task, business transformation often involves a fundamental shift in strategy, operations, and company culture…

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Network Visibility Requirements for IoT -
and the Questions CSPs Need to Ask

By: Miguel Carames

As the IoT population looks to surpass the number of non-IoT devices by the end of the decade, it’s time for CSPs to change the way they think about their business and their network. IoT calls for greater precision and network intelligence that acknowledges that IoT will create a hyper-segmented ecosystem. To fully monetize the opportunity behind connected things requires all aspects of the technology stack to come together in synergy, and to do this requires acute network visibility that enables CSPs to address the hard problems…

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Smart Meters Account for 80 Percent of
Electricity Meters in North America

By: Johan Fagerberg

Smart grid is a buzzword in the energy sector and has become a catchphrase for politicians, academics, and industry leaders alike. The vision is to exploit the latest technology to address the immense challenge of securing the energy supply in the 21st century. The concept of smart grids is at times put forward as a revolutionary solution to a wide array of problems, including global warming. But a more realistic expectation is that smart grid technology will contribute to improved efficiency and reliability in energy distribution and better optimization in the allocation of resources and utilization of assets…

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Protecting IoT Devices and Users through
Legislation and Trusted Standards

By: Thorsten Stremlau

Across the globe, Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices continue to underpin operations in most critical industries. The benefits these devices bring to businesses are invaluable, as is reflected in their continued popularity. By 2027, over 29 billion connected devices are expected to be online, a significant increase from the 17.08 billion currently in use. However, 56 percent of businesses currently they lack the proper awareness and expertise to adequately prepare for an IoT-focused cyberattack. This should be a major cause of concern, not least because between 2022 and 2023 alone, these types of attacks increased by approximately 400 percent…

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IT & Telecom Technology News

By: Thomas Board, Pipeline

Companies are striving hard to innovate at a scale never seen before, with AI especially making its mark in the IoT space. We're covering all the stories that matter most in this IoT and the Device Revolution issue of Pipeline. The month’s top industry news stories are summarized below. To view current breaking news in real-time, visit Pipeline’s News Center, follow Pipeline on social media, or subscribe to receive our weekly industry enterprise and communications technology news summary…

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Letter from the Editor - July 2024

By: Scott St. John, Pipeline

The proliferation of connected devices is changing everything. It’s changing our energy grid, helping enterprises become more efficient, improving agriculture, transforming industries, protecting our critical infrastructure, and much more. I can even check the temperature of my steak with my watch. Backed by billions of devices and trillions of dollars, connected things is where it’s at, now and for the foreseeable future. It’s an all but pre-drawn conclusion, but are we ready? Probably not…

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