The Internet of Things is causing the worlds of informational technologies and operational technologies to collide, and this collision will only get louder as suppliers and enterprises confront its complexity, opportunities, and challenges. The IT and OT Convergence sector examines the communications and protocol technologies linking the physical and digital domains and vying to create the smart factories and next-generation industrial processes of the future. The next generation enterprise will also need to implement new technologies such as beacons, augmented and virtual reality, and innovative uses of wearable technologies to create a more seamless workplace of machines and people. Billions of new connected endpoints also require that security be a top priority from the shop floor through to the data center. Finally, special focus is given to key markets that present some of the greatest complexities and opportunities as IT and OT merge and compete, including smart transportation, smart cities, and industrial robotics.
On March 18, 2009, Kyocera Wireless Modules, the M2M division of Kyocera Wireless, announced that it was ceasing operation at the end of March. Although there had been some rumblings in the industry for a few months that something big was in the works with Kyocera, the news that Kyocera Wireless Modules would be shuttered, rather than sold off or made independent, came as a something of a surprise. Kyocera Wireless Modules has been a respected vendor focused on CDMA embedded modules targeted mainly at the North American market. This Insight examines the possible reasons behind the decision to close down Kyocera’s M2M division, and the possible impact and implications this has for the rest of the cellular M2M industry.