The Internet of Things in its basic form is the interconnected network of uniquely identifiable sensors, devices, and computers.
The ability to connect all these “things” together creates the opportunity to develop a limitless set of solutions applicable to every domain. Manufacturing plants can track the status of products being created as they cross the manufacturing floor. Building management companies can track the health of lighting or heating/cooling systems remotely. Governments can track water flow through water systems, crossers of their borders, traffic in their cities, and medicines to address pandemics. Consumers can manage their homes or vehicles from a distance.
All these possible solutions are not technologically alike. Some require real-time capabilities, others require few transactions and still others require high volume of concurrent transactions and bandwidth. Building these types of highly connected “systems of systems” requires sophisticated architectures that address complex integration, information management, identity and device management, and business intelligence and insights, for a start — all the while taking into consideration privacy and security threats and vulnerabilities.
CEOs and CIOs around the globe must evaluate and prepare for the IoT. Should they apply the IoT to the solutions targeting their customers? How do solutions that are consumer focused differ from those targeted to the back office? Should they use the IoT to improve the efficiency of the buildings they own and if so will it pose new security threats they need to understand?
An upcoming issue of Cutter IT Journal will address these questions and present strategies for meeting the challenges of newly emerging IoT technologies, solutions and opportunities.
Topics may include but are not limited to the following:
- What should CEOs and CIOs do to evaluate and get their organizations ready to take advantage of the IoT?
- What are new concerns, risks and threats posed by the IoT and how can they be addressed?
- What opportunities and challenges exist for organizations seeking to leverage the IoT?
- What are examples of IoT architectures and how are they different than traditional solutions?
- What are the layers and services that IoT architectures must include?
- How do IoT solutions relate to the cloud, mobility, social, and analytics?
- How should organizations address ethics, compliance and governance posed by the IoT?
SEND US YOUR ARTICLE IDEA by 12 September 2014.
Please send your article proposal to the Guest Editor Ron Zahavi at rzahavi[at]comcast[dot]net, with a copy to Christine Generali at cgenerali[at]cutter[dot]com no later than 12 September and include an extended abstract, a short article outline showing major discussion points, and a brief bio of the author.
Accepted articles are due by 27 October 2014.
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