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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Everything we touch will be intelligent. Everything will be interconnected in a seamless manner. Everything will be invisible. Technology will understand, predict and will take care of what needs to be done. Aricent CEO Frank Kern spoke about the Three Pillars of Future Technology as Intelligent, Interconnected and Invisible two years ago and we already see these predictions in reality!

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The advent of hyper-connected endpoints via heterogeneous, unconventional means and rise of cloud-based virtualization economies demand a digital business model capable of combatting increasingly-sophisticated cyberattacks, and navigating a complex, rapidly-evolving threat landscape. Today’s network security products - which are the building blocks for establishing secure device-to-cloud connectivity, and maintaining data confidentiality and integrity - are challenged by emerging threats and more frequent attacks. Being at an inflection point, they must evolve to adapt to cloud-based, virtualized environments to protect against emerging cyber threats.

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Internet of Things (IoT) describes an emerging trend where a large number of embedded devices (things) are connected to the Internet to participate in automating activities that create compounded value for the end consumers as well as for the enterprises. Many organizations are hesitant to tap into the power of the IoT due to the vulnerabilities and evolving threat while working with and managing such diverse and constantly evolving devices and the network environment that they operate in.

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