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.
BMW I Ventures and the Toyota Research Institute recently invested in startup company Nauto, to use driver data to support the development of autonomous driving technologies. A third, anonymous OEM and Allianz Ventures also participated in this funding round, which follows an earlier US$12million Series A in April of 2016. The data collection module is comprised of a small box which contains a camera and computer attached to the car’s windshield. The system has the capability to detect human habits behind the wheel, e.g. texting while collecting traffic data and determining how the vehicle navigates through complicated roadways.