IoT 2020: Smart and secure IoT platform


Geneva, Switzerland, 16 February 2017 – The Internet of Things (IoT) significantly impacts the global economy and is expected to grow exponentially over the coming years, transforming society as a whole. In order to develop a smart and secure IoT platform, certain critical issues must be addressed in detail to ensure security, interoperability and scalability of the platform. The topic attracts a lot of interest among a very large and diverse community of stakeholders, and the refined solutions will be key to the success of this technology now and for generations to come.

The IoT is an infrastructure of interconnected objects, people or systems that processes and reacts to physical and virtual information. IoT collectively uses today’s Internet backbone to connect things using sensors and other technologies. Through data collection and analysis, it achieves a multitude of outcomes that generally aim to improve user experience or the performance of devices and systems.

How data is collected and implemented will determine how transformational IoT can become. Security grows exponentially in importance as devices that were once isolated become interconnected and more and more information is collected. As with most disruptive technologies, solutions are developed by a wide range of providers promoting their proprietary approaches, which can also impact interconnectivity. Bringing the ambitious visions expressed by IoT to reality will require significant efforts in standardization.

Dr. Dr. Timo Kubach, Vice President Cloud Platform Strategy at SAP, states "IoT is an important topic that requires careful consideration by Standards Organizations and others if we are to realize its true benefits. Recognizing this, we aimed at identifying the future state of IoT and providing recommendations on what actions IEC, and the broader standards community could take to support the anticipated dynamic growth of IoT solutions.”

This White Paper aims to provide an overview of today’s IoT, including its limitations and deficiencies in the area of security, interoperability and scalability. It includes several use cases from industry, public and customer domains that point to requirements for a smart and secure IoT platform. It also discusses next generation platform-level technologies in the field of connectivity, processing and security.

This White Paper provides important recommendations to IoT stakeholders and for IoT standardization work.

This White Paper was developed by the IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB) with major contributions from SAP and Fraunhofer AISEC.

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About the IEC
The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes globally relevant International Standards for all electric and electronic devices and systems. It brings together 171 countries, representing 99.1% of the world population and 99.2% of world electricity generation. More than 20 000 experts cooperate on the global IEC platform and many more in each member country. They ensure that products work everywhere safely and efficiently with each other. The IEC also supports all forms of conformity assessment and administers four Conformity Assessment Systems that certify that components, equipment and systems used in homes, offices, healthcare facilities, public spaces, transportation, manufacturing, explosive environments and during energy generation conform to them.

IEC work covers a vast range of technologies: power generation (including all renewable energy sources), transmission, distribution, Smart Grid & Smart Cities, batteries, home appliances, office and medical equipment, all public and private transportation, semiconductors, fibre optics, nanotechnology, multimedia, information technology, and more. It also addresses safety, EMC, performance and the environment.

About SAP
In 1972, five entrepreneurs in Germany had a vision for the business potential of technology. Starting with one customer and a handful of employees, SAP set out on a path that would not only transform the world of information technology, but also forever alter the way companies do business. Now 44 years and approximately 345,000 customers stronger, more than ever, SAP is fueled by the pioneering spirit that inspired its founders to continually transform the IT industry.

SAP is the world leader in enterprise applications in terms of software and software-related service revenue. Based on market capitalization, we are the world’s third largest independent software manufacturer.

The SAP IoT Start-up Accelerator is a structured co-innovation program for selected B2B start-ups focusing on the Internet of Things. The Accelerator helps start-ups grow and scale their businesses alongside SAP, our partners, and our customers, with all parties benefitting from each other as well as from SAP's knowledge of the ecosystem. IoT offers a wide range of opportunities with smart, connected, and embedded intelligence and products that will create a huge potential for new businesses.

About Fraunhofer AISEC
Fraunhofer AISEC supports firms from all industries and service sectors in securing their systems, infrastructures, products and offerings. On behalf of our clients, we develop qualitatively high-value security technologies which increase the reliability, trustworthiness and tamper-resistance of IT-based systems and products. The approximately 80 members of the Fraunhofer AISEC scientific and technical staff balance economic needs, user-friendliness, and security requirements to develop optimally tailored concepts and solutions. Our security test labs are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, and our highly-qualified security experts evaluate and analyse the security of products and hardware components as well as software products and applications for our customers. In our laboratories, we test functionality, interoperability and compliance and give our clients targeted, effective advice. Our clients are producers, distributors and users in the areas of (among others) chip-card systems, telecommunications, automotive production and distribution, logistics and aerospace, mechanical engineering and automation technologies, healthcare, and the software industry, as well as the public sector like eGovernment. Strategic partnerships with global industrial companies as well as with international universities (in particular, the Technical University of Munich – a federally-designated »University of Excellence«) guarantee the scientific excellence of our work as well as its market-driven implementation.