Four cool vendors in the Internet of Things

The IoT and mobile devices present special challenges that innovative vendors are trying to resolve.

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What’s cool?

The Internet of Things presents unique challenges to businesses considering the secure use of these devices. Gartner has taken a look at some of the vendors trying to address these concerns and has designated four of them cool. It’s not an exhaustive list, Gartner says, but it highlights interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services.

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Go Factory

Why Cool: Go Factory creates identity networks – devices, people and services that can consume data from each other and send data and commands to fulfill business purposes. It provides development tools for IoT devices, so customers have to build their own software. To succeed the company will have to collaborate with a range of endpoint providers in order to make its software works with each of them initially and going forward. Go Factory should be of interest for fleet management, real-time asset management and campus location services.

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Nativeflow’s AppDome technology wraps mobile applications in containers that impose policies and restrictions necessary for corporate security. Unlike other app-wrapping software, it doesn’t alter the binaries of the applications themselves. Such alteration is a drawback when app-wrapping is attempted on many applications that are sold through mobile app stores because these apps cannot be modified. AppDome’s ability to wrap without changing binaries means it can secure email, Web apps and file sharing. It’s not clear whether wrapping commercial apps will raise legal issues.

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This company provides system for tracking mobile workers and keeping an eye on goods from dispatch to delivery. It can authenticate using combinations of voiceprint and location, for example, and the authentication is strong enough that it can be trusted to sign off on contracts. Its mobile app could be used to accept delivery of building materials at a work site, for example. The company could find use cases for its platform in education, retail and medicine that go beyond the current use in insurance and hospitality industries.

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Secure RF

Secure RF’s strong authentication platform uses cryptographic protocols to identify and authenticate IoT devices via smartphone apps and RFID tags, with no significant infrastructure, network connection or database requirements to store and maintain encryption keys. This incorporates a lightweight encryption algorithm that requires little CPU and memory on the IoT device and little network bandwidth. Its public key infrastructure relieves the issue of key management by employing transient keys generated for each communication session.