The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming to enterprises and small businesses near you. With it comes security concerns. According to the 2015 Internet of Things in the Enterprise Report from OpenDNS, IoT may pose a greater threat than that of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and enterprise mobility.
Does that mean IoT should be banned from your business environment? Not at all. In all likelihood, you can’t stop it. People will bring their wearables just as they did and still do with their laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
What it does mean is an audit of current safety and security practices.
Advances in technology and tools leave no industry untouched. Commercial real estate (CRE) is one such industry. Technology, automation, and innovation are making the world of the Jetsons a distinct possibility in the near future.
It’s the location piece that has many people talking. Consumers and the government worry about it, the government perhaps more so. Businesses want the location data so that they can tailor experiences and serve personalized ads. Developers want location information, too. They use it to build ever faster and more useful and personalized apps.
Emergency rooms and other healthcare environments often employ security via “perimeters within perimeters,” says Dave Weldon, contributor at Healthcare Finance. The goal is to increase security in vulnerable locations like maternity wards and pharmacies. “Much of the new security attention,” continues Weldon, “is focused on protecting points of entry without impacting the ‘public openness and accessibility’ mission.”
Forget the hype about the Internet of Things (IoT) for a moment. Smart devices are just a small piece of what IoT is, if it’s even that. The undergirding premise of IoT is not connecting all the devices to the Internet but connecting the ones that improve personal and professional wellbeing.
Administrators of Brivo OnAir have long been able to manage their cloud-based system via a desktop or mobile device. Management from multiple platforms made access control simpler; users could sign in, view activity and manage their facility from anywhere, at anytime.
Brivo has added a new degree of convenience with the Brivo OnAir mobile application. As soon as a Brivo OnAir administrator downloads the app from the App Store, they can use their credentials to sign in. No additional configurations needed.
After signing in, administrators are immediately presented with their sites’ activity log and associated video clips. “Peace of mind is commonly cited as the primary reason for purchasing an access control system by business owners,” states Jonathan Healey, Design Director at Brivo and product manager for the app.
“With the Internet of Things (IoT), the Internet evolved for the third time,” says Rob Martens, Futurist and Director of Connectivity Platforms at Allegion (a Brivo product partner). Desktops and mobile devices were the first and second evolutions; now, almost any device can connect to the Internet. “It’s exponential growth,” Rob says, “and the communication of those devices is happening on a scale we’ve never seen before.”
But what is the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)? And does it matter to your business?
“To say that I love what I do would be an understatement.” – Dave Higgins, Vice President, MDU Security Systems
Ron TomSuden, President, and Dave Higgins, Vice President, are co-founders of MDU Security Systems in New York City. They founded the company during a “worst of times,” i.e., the Great Recession of 2008/2009.
It was a challenging time for any business owner, particularly a small and new one. But the two men sold nearly $1 million the first year. The company has grown since then, and Ron and Dave don’t see the growth stopping any time soon. They’ve invested in Brivo Systems’ recurring revenue (RMR) business model, the Dealer Success program.