AllSeen's AllJoyn Framework Could Ease IoT Security Concerns
The consortium's open-source IoT platform will give users greater control over what data gets onto the Internet, the group's chairman says.Much of the talk about the Internet of things focuses on such benefits for businesses as greater efficiencies and faster decision making, and the convenience that it will bring to consumers in their homes and work lives. However, more attention recently is being paid to the questions of how to protect all those tens of billions of connected devices—from smartphones, tablets and cars to appliances, manufacturing systems and wearable devices—and the massive amounts of data passing between these intelligent systems over networks. And that's a good thing, according to Liat Ben-Zur, senior director of product management at Qualcomm Connected Experiences and chairman of the AllSeen Alliance, a project under the Linux Foundation to create open-source technology for the Internet of things (IoT). "Fundamentally, the issue of security—and also privacy—[has moved] to the forefront of the conversation" regarding IoT, Ben-Zur told eWEEK in a recent interview. "That's one thing that we really haven't seen being talked about enough."
Cisco Systems is forecasting there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020 that will be sending data back and forth. Organizations will be able to capture this data, analyze it and quickly use it to make business decisions and create more efficient processes. Consumers will drive in cars that will constantly be sending and receiving data about roads, congestion and parking spaces, and use home devices that will turn on lights and get their morning coffee ready before they get out of bed.