Earlier this month, we joined hundreds of tech enthusiasts at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, the world's largest annual exhibition for the mobile industry. As always, the event featured top mobile operators, manufacturers, technology providers and vendors.

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“Security is not an Illusion. Security is the Foundation of any World…” - Captain Aag, the wrathful villain in Salman Rushdie’s fantasy novel Luka and the Fire of Life that he penned for his 13-year-old son.i

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Introduction

A spate of news reports have revealed just how vulnerable corporations and government organizations are to security breaches and the theft of sensitive data leaked or stolen from employees’ personal devices. In 2014, a warning issued by the Indian Air Force sent alarms among security establishments. It was reported that smart-phones were routing positioning and other user-data to servers in China. [1]

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Internet of Things or IoT is a technology that deals with bringing control of physical devices over the internet. We are already surrounded by smartphones, smartglasses, smartwatches, and smart homes, but IoT will create an explosion of new devices and applications, one of which is the smart office.

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Designing products and services to be frictionless will lead to more compelling user experiences and greater affinity with the customer. For example, biometric chip in Apple iPhone helps establish seamless user identity & trust to unlock screen, make one-step secure payment to buy apps from app store etc. In this case, there is a 1:1 relationship between user-device and manufacturer of a device enabling frictionless experience for user. But it is not the same in the case of an upscale hotel that has IoT devices (smart bulbs, digital key locks, smart thermostat, connected vending machines etc.) to enhance guest experience i.e., hotel first needs to secure different manufacturer’s IoT devices procured & installed in its premises and rooms. Then establish a temporary trust relationship between guest checking into the hotel & devices in room and when guest checks out remove the temporary trust established at the time of check-in to avoid misuse of devices by guests etc.

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Hola! It is that time of the year again when the who’s who of the Communications world and allied ecosystem converge on the mobile world capital Barcelona. With 2,200 companies exhibiting and 100,000+ attendees, MWC 2017 promises to be a significant trade show event. Most companies, including Aricent, invest time and energy to plan their annual presence at MWC. Apart from ensuring you are visible to the people who matter, MWC provides a great platform to grow existing business and generate new opportunities.

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