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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Edge analytics vital for security says Greenwave

By Nick Flaherty

Implementing analytics in devices at the edge of the network is the only way to prevent security breaches and potential safety threats in the workplace as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to gather momentum in the home and industrial sector.

Current systems only deploy analytics in the gateway, and Chad Boulanger, Global VP, Business Development (IoT Analytics) at Greenwave Systems warns that as IoT deployments increase, data will not be provided quickly enough by this method to make it effective for mission critical applications. To be truly useful, according to Boulanger, analytics really need to be placed at the true edge, in devices, which has been an increasing trend followed by the Embedded blog over the last couple of years. 
“The situation we have at the moment is that data is being sent to a massive data lake where it is not being used,” said Boulanger. “As the IoT continues to grow, this is not going to add value. The only way to do that is to do as much as possible at the true edge of networks – within the actual devices – so that the machine knows that something is wrong right there and can take appropriate action. If the data has to travel from another part of the network, that could have a detrimental impact.”

This approach can be applied to IoT technology within any sector, from industrial IoT to the smart home, with its use in the latter protecting customers from security breaches, but it it down to the embedded designers to implement.

“This technology can be implemented in the home to alert users at the device level that their equipment is under attack from malware or another threat, allowing the equipment to be shut down at the earliest possible moment, potentially preventing a larger scale attack,” said Boulanger. “In industrial IoT, it is the same idea – with the implementation of edge analytics, machines can identify anomalies and shut down immediately, preventing accidents and reducing the cost of operation.”

"In a nutshell, the longer data has to travel, the longer an anomaly which could have a detrimental impact goes unnoticed. With edge analytics, such as those implemented in our AXON Predict module, machines and smart sensors can collect information at every step of the network, automatically detect anomalies and take immediate action right at the source of input.”

Greenwave Systems is a global Internet of Things (IoT) software and services company helping companies deploy their own managed services and products. Mobile carriers, telecommunications operators, semiconductor manufacturers, utilities and a wide range of service providers use the Greenwave AXON Platform to integrate data and communications from a variety of existing and emerging digital protocols. 

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