IoT Implementation Challenges & How to Overcome Them

By Jacob Williams

Wed, 14 Feb 2018

The Internet of Things (IoT) presents a metamorphic opportunity for many players in all businesses and industries. It is undeniable that the IoT industry will thrive, but there are still some key challenges and obstacles to overcome for IoT to achieve its full potential. 




Whether threats come from nation states, hacktivists or organised cyber-gangs, 64% of poll responders in the UK, and 65% in the US see cybersecurity as a huge issue. Hackers will often look to exploit insecure IoT endpoints and access sensitive data, making protection from these types of risks even more important with the advent of smart cities and utility networks.


To solve these issues, many are calling for interoperable security systems to be built into every IoT device, that will both prevent hacks and identify any hacking attempts. Additionally, IoT vendors are increasingly being encouraged to make routine, automatic updates to a device’s software, pre-empting any vulnerabilities it may have.




Whatever the setting for your IoT, integration is a key challenge in its implementation. Integration involves the IoT device, data integration, back-end system integration and third-party middleware integration. While connecting legacy equipment and systems reaps rewards, this stage can seem excessively difficult.


In order to deal with this, some companies are instituting methods of adding sensors and cameras to their present technology and environments; which can be used to collect relevant data for analysing machine performance and health, while simultaneously preventing failures and downtime.


Longevity and Compatibility


IoT growth so far has been non-linear, with high competition for a limited market space. This creates difficulties when attempting to connect devices together. Furthermore, when it comes to implementing any IoT products, we expect them to remain in service for a lot longer than standard computer devices.


There are two techniques currently being mooted as solutions to these problems. One of these is Decomposition, which is the breaking down of complex problems into smaller pieces. The other is Abstraction, the ignoring of inessential details of things and dealing with the generalised interface of the model. By isolating the key infrastructural aspects of each device, developers are able to better focus on creating compatible platforms between devices.





Augmate’s mission is to be the world’s premiere IoT solution provider for device management including and integrating data exchange, usage, analysis, decision making, artificial intelligence, management, human advancement and future uses. All while providing the ultimate security and speed to accessibility. To learn more about their IoT, visit this link.





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