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Technological trends that herald the IoT integration in the Enterprise Market

Authored By: Prem Rodrigues – Director of Sales & Marketing, Middle East, India & SAARC, Siemon

India is set to become a $15 Bn IoT market by 2020. Every year we are witnessing new Internet of Things (IoT) devices that are getting connected to the network.

IT resources investments and Enterprise IT infrastructure are influenced by the augment of IoT data. IoT is changing both the IT (information technology) and OT (operational technology) landscape with the integration of IT and OT and, particularly, with the rising surge of IoT data changing technological paradigms and impacting IT infrastructure.

IoT has the ability to simplify businesses and create a more functional environment. It also enables happier, healthier and more productive building occupants. With the evolution of IoT and the endless benefits it offers in improving lives, business, facilities and even cities comes an ever-increasing number of connected devices around the world..  

Comprehensive IoT has been slow to be adopted by enterprise businesses, however, people have started to embrace the idea of devices and systems converging onto a common infrastructure and communicate via Internet Protocol (IP). This is in part because many enterprise businesses have an IP network infrastructure already in place and many device manufacturers from security cameras and access control, to LED lighting, digital displays and building automation control are realizing the benefits of system integration, remote powering capabilities and having a single unified cabling system.

IoT in the enterprise is used in security and AV applications, much of which has been driven by advanced power over Ethernet (PoE), IP-based video and the inherent benefits of Ethernet, including high-speed data transmission and low-latency switching.

A unified open integration platform gives the stakeholders a single pane of glass visibility into the operations of the building. Leveraging the low-voltage cabling infrastructure for PoE, lowers the cost to deliver power and lowers energy consumption due to more efficient edge devices and energy-efficient conversion from AC to DC. Eliminating proprietary software controls and creating an environment where the building owners are not “vendor locked” for the life of the building is key to supporting IoT and system integration and taking advantage of the open market for equipment and services. When all the above is done correctly, the result is a vast amount of usable data and allows for cost saving analytical platforms to better understand the data, make it usable, and define accurately the ROI on maintenance projects.

Businesses that are new to IoT follow an approach of knowing what is important to the customer. The goal is to put a lot of technology in your building, but to put the technology in your building that supports your business objectives.  It is essential that IoT projects start early in the planning stage, where all stakeholders from the business and building owner, and the system integrators and vendors, to those designing and deploying the systems are of the same mindset that the building must be designed in a way that supports the convergence and integration of building systems, while delivering the performance and bandwidth to support emerging and future IoT technologies that will ultimately enable true digital transformation.  

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