Keynote Address: Next Generation Premise Networks
By 2020, it’s estimated that 26 billion sensors will be connected to the Internet, and that’s not counting PCs, tablets and smartphones. Businesses especially are seeing the value of this connectivity. Adding lighting and environmental sensors to office buildings can better control climates and reduce energy costs; video surveillance and access control can be used to monitor behavior and traffic flows; and building technologies can create enhanced workspaces that connect various media in previously unused ways. What once started as integrating PCs and storage onto a LAN is now exploding into thousands of integrated network sensors in homes, manufacturing and public spaces. Whether it’s twisted-pair, optical fiber or wireless technology, the network infrastructure makes the Internet of Things (IoT) possible. As more devices connect to both private and public networks, a comprehensive power protection strategy is needed to ensure network uptime and performance. This presentation will examine the current state of the evolving IoT market as well as the industry standardization efforts and best practices that are being developed to support it as it continues to mature.