The number of “smart” applications will only increase in 2017 as vendors seek to differentiate themselves in their various marketplaces. This point was made abundantly clear at CES recently as part of the “Trillion Dollar IoT Opportunity.” With an explosion of vendors seeking to make our homes, factories, vehicles and healthcare more connected and thus “smarter,” it’s important to understand the various standards in play when looking at incorporating IoT communication protocols.
In its simplest terms, an IoT solution is a collection of sensors combined with a centralized management application permitting the user to modify the environment in some way. Examples include being able to monitor the temperature of your home and adjust it based on occupancy; and being able to monitor the progress of an assembly line and validate manufacturing tolerances.
If you’ve recognized that the communications between these devices benefits from standardization, and could be prone to attack, then you’re asking the right questions. Today, there are a variety of IoT communication protocols and standards designed to simplify IoT designs and increase the ability of vendors to innovate quickly. The following list is far from exhaustive, but gives both an overview for some of the popular choices as well as an indication of their security state.