The Connected Object Revolution

By July 1, 2015 News

By BusinessWire PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–There are currently 25 billion connected objects in the world, making an average of more than 3 objects per person (Cisco survey1). The rapid expansion of connected objects (including ‘wearables’) raises new challenges around data security for the industry players who will be present at CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS.
The major security and trust issues that the proliferation of connected objects has generated (with 50 billion objects predicted worldwide by 2020) and the growing number of uses for them in our daily lives are key themes at 2015 CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS, which is devoting a whole day’s conference to these issues, entitled “Hyper-connectivity & wearables: smart and invisible, but are they safe?”
Technologies central to the digital revolution
The ‘internet of things’, ‘machine-to-machine communication’, ‘wearable technology’ …. these terms have now become an everyday reality. They are based on the principle of data-processing devices communicating with human beings or with each other. This can be anything from computers, smartphones, tablets, contactless cards and passes to Withings Aura, Parrot, Pebble, Apple watches, etc. Or objects such as vehicles, meters, household appliances, etc. All of these devices rely on technical solutions (RFID, mobile technology, etc.) or protocols (TCP/IP, NFC, Bluetooth…) that either identify the objects or capture, store, process and transfer the data attached to them, both within the physical environment itself and between the physical environment and virtual worlds.
These technologies herald the transition from mobile computing to ambient intelligence and are already widely used and present in many contexts. They are having a significant economic and social impact in all areas of human activity, including health, business, sport and transport.
The reason we are hearing so much talk about connected objects is that they are now playing a major role in the digital revolution.
Firstly, in terms of volume: the number of connected objects in existence had already begun to outstrip the world’s population in the 2000s, probably around 2007. According to a survey commissioned by Cisco, this year there are a total of 25 billion connected objects in the world, compared with a population of 7.2 billion. That makes an average of more than 3 objects per person and the figure is likely to be twice as high by 2020.
Secondly, alongside the clear progress and benefits that these new objects represent, this digital revolution is not without its risks, both in terms of security and reliability and in terms of personal data protection.
Separate but complementary eco-systems
The various elements of this phenomenon originate in quite separate eco-systems.
The first is that of automatic identification of objects, originally based in the world of industry and comprising technologies such as barcodes, RFID, mobile terminals, GPS solutions and all the various types of sensors. It primarily covers industrial, logistics and manufacturing processes.
The second and more recent eco-system is connected with the move towards mobile and ubiquitous computing: electronic devices are added on to everyday, mainstream objects, which then produce data and change the ways in which we have traditionally used them. These data then tend to be relayed by social …read more

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