If the IOT pilot project is successful, manufacturers will almost certainly want to extend their solutions to other parts of the company.
However, additional devices and networks will add more complexity to the Internet of things solutions, and will also bring more security challenges. In an unforgettable example, the huge fish tank in the lobby of Las Vegas casinos has aroused great interest of hackers, who have hacked into the database of the casino through the Internet.
In order to solve this problem, any device that communicates and exchanges information must use SSL encryption.
2. Integration costs
In many cases, customized IOT solutions cost more than buying off the shelf solutions. Third party IOT development partners will charge for testing and customizing features, which will not appear when selecting out of the box solutions.
However, the total cost of customized IOT solutions may actually be cheaper than off the shelf solutions, which are challenging to use and often have unnecessary extra functionality. On the other hand, customized IOT solutions provide you with the functions and information you need to make your operation more efficient.
It’s like the cost of developing a custom website and using WordPress or other content management systems. WordPress has a lot of flashy things in the background, which will make the website bloated and slow, and make users unfamiliar with the system confused. The cost of developing a custom website is high, but you can get the front-end interface and functions you need, and you can establish a long-term relationship with your development partners.
3. Lack of standards
The lack of standards, especially hardware standards, of the Internet of things is still a big challenge to implement. Many embedded developers and designers have their own unique development methods, which makes the hardware industry to a large extent an “island”. There is still a lack of tools and best practices for software development, such as unit testing, in the hardware design of the Internet of things.
However, IOT developers can use nerves, an open source framework for IOT firmware written using modern software development tools and processes. Nerves allows developers to test firmware and then convert it into standard C + + code that can run on embedded devices.