Connecting IoT devices to any cloud is focus of Intel, Arm partnership
To continue scaling, on-boarding for IoT devices needs to be simplified, accelerated
Internet of things devices connected to public, private or hybrid clouds for centralized management and data analysis can create wide-ranging business benefits for nearly any type of enterprise, industrial or public-sector stakeholder. But on-boarding new IoT devices is something of a bottleneck as the IoT scales out.
According to Lorie Wigle, vice president of Intel’s Software and Services Group and general manager of internet of things security, projections suggest around 1 trillion IoT devices by 2035. Right now, she wrote in a blog, it takes around 20 minutes to onboard a new device and involves installers, IT/security staff and technology operations employees.
” For IoT to scale to a trillion devices in less than two decades, this process must be faster, safer and more flexible,” Wigle wrote. “The more data that is collected, the more valuable the data becomes. However, this model may not be realized unless the industry can collaborate on more open and scalable methods to securely provision devices and their data to the cloud.”
To realize the goal of easily connecting any device to any cloud, Intel is working with Arm to build on its Secure Device Onboard product, which uses “late binding” to allow users to turn on a field device and “dynamically discover their target cloud platform for provisioning” in seconds, according to Wigle. The goal is to bake that technology into both Intel and Arm devices.
ABI Research Director Michela Menting calling onboarding “one of IoT’s most complex and challenging barriers with regard to streamlining the manufacturing and security deployment workflows.”
Arm’s equivalent of Intel’s Secure Device Onboard is called Pelion Device Management. Bill Curtis, an IoT strategist at Arm, said the goal of the collaboration is “accelerating” integration of the provisioning systems. “The combination of these two solutions adds more flexibility to Pelion’s supply chain enablement and expands device coverage include Intel Architecture (x86) platforms.”