Gartner predicts Internet of Things will spark supply chain reaction, will transform data centres and create challenges

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Techradar published that the analyst firm Gartner published a new report where they predict that a huge increase in the number of devices making up the Internet of Things (IoT), which will reach 26 billion by 2020, up from 0.9 billion in 2009, will have a significant impact on how the supply chain will operate.

According to Gartner, factors such as access to information about the supply chain and exposure to cyber-risk will become increasingly pertinent. In RERUM we also saw these risks in the WSN-based IoT and put the focus of the project in finding a technical solution to add reliability, privacy and security to the communication between devices.

Gartner, in another report published by Techradar, put the data centres in the eye of the storm of the IoT boom derived challenges, including security, consumer privacy, data management, networking, and server technology.

According to Techradar,

Security is a growing concern in the industry, and the increasing digitisation and automation of various devices in many different urban environments is likely to create new security issues. When coupled with the enterprise sector, where increasing volumes of big data present their own security challenges, it is not difficult to see that this will be a top priority.

Tied to security is the issue of consumer privacy, which is in the consumer consciousness now more than ever. The widespread adoption of smart devices means that more data is being collected on people than before, and any breaches in security will have a knock-on effect on privacy.

In RERUM we see also these challenges as opportunities and key enablers for a future with such amount of devices connected to internet that Gartner foresee.