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 1, 2011, Vodafone and The Bosch Group announced a partnership to provide customers with an integrated M2M application platform. The partnership is targeted at providers of industrial monitoring applications, such as elevator/escalator and air conditioning unit monitoring. The partnership combines Vodafone’s “Global Data Service Delivery Platform” (GDSP) with The Bosch Group’s “Multi-Service Platform” (MSP). Together, the integrated offering will make it easier for customers to develop and deploy industrial monitoring applications incorporating cellular network connectivity.