While earlier reports claimed that we will see 50 billion devices connected through the IoT by 2020, the reality is we are nowhere close to reaching those numbers. In fact, recent research reports are far more tempered and predict closer to 30 billion devices by the same timeframe. The reason for the scaled down outlook is because of the real-time issues of scaling deployments and security.
Today, provisioning and management of devices is a huge challenge, as IoT devices are added manually. It involves coordination between installation technicians, IT network operations, and operational technology teams and can typically take more than 20 minutes for a single device. Imagine installing 10,000 “smart IoT” light bulbs – at present, it could take two years to complete the process. This is to say nothing of the effort required to maintain device privacy and security.
To solve these complex issues, Intel announced the launch of Intel Secure Device Onboard (Intel SDO). This technology securely automates and brings IoT devices online within seconds rather than hours. Intel SDO is offered to IoT platform providers as a service they can provide to customers who wish to onboard thousands of connected devices.
Intel SDO’s “zero touch” model allows devices to dynamically discover the customer’s IoT platform account at power-on for automatic registration. It offers a one-to-many, one-time enablement approach that can be integrated into almost any device or IoT platform, eliminating the need to custom pre-load provisioning configurations for each IoT implementation.
The Intel SDO also leverages Intel’s privacy-preserving IoT identity solution, the Intel Enhanced Privacy ID (Intel EPID), to anonymously authenticate the device and establish an encrypted communication tunnel, preventing hackers from tracing the device from factory to owner. Intel EPID establishes a best practice identity model for IoT onboarding.
Intel SDO is integrated with Wind River Helix Device Cloud, its device lifecycle management platform that enables IoT devices to securely connect, monitor, manage and service devices. With the integration of Intel SDO, Wind River’s latest release of Device Cloud includes zero touch onboarding designed to mitigate the risk of security attacks to a device, ensure privacy, and deliver automation that dramatically reduces installation and onboarding time to seconds.
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