The rapidly growing infrastructure of IoT-powered devices – in numerous forms – is a welcoming and positive sign of the beneficial impact which Internet of Things (IoT) is making. However, businesses should also be careful when diving into this ever-growing IoT architecture, especially in terms of safety and security, by implementing the right kind of encryption techniques that are up to the standards. One such technique about which we will talk today is the globally-recognized feature of IMEI. IMEI, or the International Mobile station Equipment Identity number, is a compulsory part of all mobile phones and is used to protect them from theft & ill-usage. The same thing applies on, and can effectively protect, some specific type of sim connectivity or devices, such as those on an IoT network or run by an M2M sim card. Let’s learn how IMEI can secure an IoT devices ecosystem.
Massive Growth of IoT Devices & Predicted Security Challenges -:
It is estimated that by 2020, there will be around 30 billion IoT-powered devices in the world. This is way much higher than any other connectivity module infrastructure forecasted for the future. This massive growth will present serious security repercussions, especially for Network Mobile Operators around the world, as well as those corporate services that are using M2M sim connectivity to manage an entire IoT ecosystem of devices. So, what are some of that predicted security & infrastructural challenges for IoT service providers? The official global IoT Device Connection Efficiency Guidelines, Version 5.0 by GSMA makes their case:
- Reducing the lifetime of the (U)SIM card by increasing dramatically the read/write cycles.
- Increased power consumption of the device due to continuous restarts which may also affect the device lifetime.
- Local issues within the Mobile Network Operator’s network such as cell congestion.
- Capacity and performance problems within the Mobile Network Operator’s core network, such as signaling storms, which result in wide area network disruption.
- Negatively impacting the IoT Service’s performance, potentially resulting in delayed communications, degradation of the service quality and even service outages.
So, it only makes sense for every IoT firm out there to check for, and apply, the most standard and stringent security requirements on every IoT devices ecosystem. And this brings us to the focal point of this narrative: How to secure your IoT device ecosystem with an IMEI lock feature. Well, let’s find that out!
Securing an IoT Ecosystem with IMEI Lock -:
As it has been already clarified above, IMEI lock is a unique identifier which prevents theft or the thieves utilizing a hardware (e. g. mobile phone, tracker sensor, monitoring device, etc.) for unethical purposes. In an IoT ecosystem where there are literally billions of connected devices on both long & short range LPWAN – Low Power Wide Area Network – networks, an IoT device manager that has an IMEI Lock feature can easily lock down a device, or several devices at a time, in case a breach is discovered on the network.
One of the best things about this security module is that it can be automated as well to react immediately at the time of the data breach, given the fact that the IoT device manager also supports such a feature.
Parlacom’s very own IoT Device Manager application has a robust IMEI Lock feature for registered M2M sim cards, operating and empowering billions & trillions of IoT devices on the network. Plus, there are other features as well included which will help augment & improvise the entire corporate intranet of IoT services providing company. Would you like to see how IMEI Lock works inside Parlacom’s IoT Device Manager? Read our complete section on this feature here!
Final Words …
So, all it takes for a novel technology to get established is its due time for evolution & adoption, specifically so for humans so that as the time passes by, we get to understand & establish high standards & ethical practices for every technology to co-exist happily with the others. And so is the case with newly erupting IoT technology as well. Once it will become a standard, there will be left little to worry about risks and more to gain from its beneficial impact.
Adopting IoT tools for the retail environment allows customers to interact both directly and indirectly with everything in the store. This presents incredible business opportunities. It can be daunting trying to step into the IoT space, though, and that fact keeps many businesses from embracing a lucrative transformation. But, with the right steps, there is literally no limit to the number of benefits a retail business can leverage from IoT technology.
In this week’s “Guest Blog of the Week” entry, we are sharing the highly insightful article on IoT’s role in the retail industry from Erpin News. So, let’s examine three of the biggest opportunities IoT technology presents for the retail environment, and how to capitalize on them, in the full feature published at Erpin News. Click the official link below:
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While it is good news that all kinds of predictions and current technology trends in the IoT world are steadfastly pointing towards everything except a declining IoT sector. The hype is such at this moment that Symantec’s Norton expresses blatantly:
“By 2020, it is estimated that there will be up to 21 billion connected devices”
And Norton is not the only one to describe such massive magnitudes of numbers for the devices connected by the IoT networks in the future, there is a wide range of other notable big names in the tech industry who are also throwing their own estimations on the future of IoT in the world. But in-between these huge numbers, we can safely say that the key names in the tech industry have much to gain, either in one way or another, but the point of discussion over here is about the sanctity of small IoT startups and businesses. According to the stats taken from the Angel List, there are approx. 4, 416 new IoT startups, 1, 727 investors, and a good 1, 779 jobs vacant, and all of this data is gathered within the States only.
Considering such growth, one may easily say that the IoT industry is fast-thriving, which is not a wrong statement to make, but one may never give a sure approx. of how many IoT startups among these are, or will, survive the period between the beginning and becoming of IoT as a mainstream industry. Therefore, there should have to be a succinct plan, or a policy, with which these new IoT & M2M startups should be aligned with to not only survive the initial set up period but to ultimately survive the long-term competition with other key players of the industry. To achieve this long-term success and an eventual “win-win” situation, every IoT startup owner might have his/her own custom planning in place, but over here in this brief narration, I would like to give some generic tips based on my own experience as a working Marketing Manager of a rising IoT/M2M business.
(Disclaimer: These tips and advice should not be considered an authentic legal guidance’s. These may or may not apply to your condition, so please utilize your analytical and logical skills as well in assessing your situation, as well as in using the advice given in this post. Thank you!)
Have Big Ideas/Dreams? Start by Using Easier & Cheapest Resources Available -:
It is true that big ideas and dreams lead to bigger and well-known names. However, one thing must not control, or lead your ambitions in their primordial stages: “I will only use the topmost, biggest, well-known, and highly expensive IoT resources to grow my business much faster than the others.” A rising business, specifically of tech, has an abundance of cautious expenditures of its own.
Not applying a careful & moderate approach in the early stages, in a striving to deliver exceptional results, will most probably end up messing lots of processes and incurring extra unnecessary costs (a verified formula to destroy any startup). It is stated in no holy book of business planning that one should use expensive alternatives to succeed in his/her business, nor as a startup and neither as an established business, too. You can effectively seek out highly affordable, yet effective, IoT connectivity and M2M device management solutions for your IoT startups
Consider what: It will always be good for your small IoT business to also use those very same IoT connectivity and management services providers who are also, just like yourself, have started and are working hard to rise to the top of the consumer chain list. A partnership such as this will give more featured-services at a relatively reasonable cost; indeed, a verified formula for the success of any startup.
Go for Electronic, & Then Solid Bricks for Your IoT Business -:
Confused? It is very easy to understand what is written above, let me explain. This is the age of the online world, and nothing can be more conducive for a startup than to remain cost-friendlier for some time in the early stages. Starting up as an online business is that solid first step towards a successful way to establish yourself as a reliable and well-known IoT business later. Set up a classy and niche-relevant IoT site, hire a team of experts in IoT online, get your first IoT project by effectively marketing your business to the targeted audience/businesses (for B2B startups), and finally kickstart your company towards many milestones to come in the future.
Trust me, starting from your IoT business online will keep the much-undesired pressure off from your wallet, and while you still had to invest for the essentials, your costs in an overall aspect will much lower as compared to having a brick-and-mortar office in the early stages. If in the case you somehow didn’t get the success you were looking after (I hope this may not happen), then it will be much easier for you to curtail all the things, and you may even go for another restart.
This, however, might not be too easier for a land-based office because the expenses involved can easily break up the backbone of someone who, unfortunately, becomes a victim of failure. Therefore, I would recommend for all IoT startup owners to first obtain benefit from the advantages offered by world wide web, and after establishing themselves online, they should go for a more elaborate version of their IoT business, which is to open a brick-and-mortar office of their own.
Make Sure You Are Using the Widest Range of Global IoT Connectivity -:
This is exclusively for the B2B IoT startups since they will be playing a major role in almost every business sector in the coming years. There is no future for those IoT startups that are not using or are not planning to use the widest global IoT connectivity solution. When your IoT business proffers a huge range of IoT global connectivity options to the prospective clients/consumers, which even covers some of the remotest regions of Earth, you have a higher chance of getting the desired IoT projects as compared to your competitors who are not just up to the per of M2M connectivity scale. However, keep the focal point always in your mind: using a wide-ranging IoT connectivity technique never means that you need to go expensive in doing so. You can find many highly affordable global IoT connectivity providing services/techniques out there.
The Only Thing to Not Compromise: Safety & Security of Your IoT Ecosystem Management Services -:
Let’s keep this final piece of advice very straight and understandable for all: Invest a majority of your capital, or even profit, to keep your IoT connections extremely safe and secure for your clients/customers. This is perhaps the only area in which I will not advise you to restrain your budget much because not providing a secure IoT ecosystem management solution is a sure certified disaster for your IoT business, whether for a startup or an established one.
Therefore, go for only those IoT & M2M ecosystem management providers that are offering a plethora of protection services at reasonable costs: Two-Layer VPN Tunneling, Custom set of Rest APIs for integration, Real-Time Data Management, MTTR (Mean Time to Repair) Functionality, and others of the major sorts of protective techniques for the IoT device & data ecosystem.
IoT industry is almost expending at a rate which is quite like that of the expenditure of our Universe (joking 😊). Therefore, accommodating and being adaptive while keeping a moderate and wise approach is a must for an IoT startup owner to make an impact of some sort. This is what I tried to invoke in those IoT business owners who have read this post.
I hope that these suggestions might prove helpful, without offering a guarantee since I stated the reason in the disclaimer. So, let’s hope that the IoT industry will keep growing and everyone who is involved will fairly obtain their share of benefit according to the honest efforts he/she may put in for their success in this field.