Smart Cities

IT Accelerates its Colonization of OT As Resistance Diminishes

The Internet of Things (IoT) is forcing the worlds of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) together as new environments like smart buildings link their OT systems to the information super-highway. The convergence of OT and IT is not a smooth one, however, issues surrounding business structure, skills shortages, data silos, cyber security and standards plague the process. As most firms are not set up to manage new technology themselves, the perceived complexity forms a major hurdle facing the development of those smart environments. “Despite the sizable number of positive business impacts IoT devices can have on businesses, many organizations have balked at the idea of deploying IoT devices and control systems, citing an overwhelming level of complexity and a lack of personnel with IoT training as their reasoning,” says Jeff Hussey, President and CEO of Tempered Networks. “The gap in IoT skills is a direct result of the IT - OT convergence. Unfortunately, […]

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