Today, connected devices often lack security and manageability features needed to protect and manage the network of devices that connect to each other and the cloud. Intel predicts that by 2015, more than 15 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, making more than a trillion connections. And one third of these connected devices will be intelligent systems
THE COMPUTING technology is enabling amazing experiences, enhanced productivity, better safety and improved efficiency for businesses and consumers every day. From cars that recognize drivers to supermarket displays that help shoppers plan dinner menus, computing devices are becoming more connected, more context-aware, and more adaptive to human needs.
These computing experiences are possible because of a new category of embedded systems called “intelligent systems.” Electronic devices that were once disconnected and served a single purpose have given way to securely managed intelligent systems that autonomously connect to the Internet, execute native or cloud-based applications and can analyze data collected.
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the market for intelligent systems is developing rapidly. More than 1.8 billion intelligent systems exist today, and the number is expected to grow to 20 billion over the next decade.
Intel is leading the intelligent systems transformation with innovative solutions across the spectrum of computing, from retail and automotive systems to healthcare and communications solutions. Intel-based intelligent systems can help traffic flow more freely; assist shoppers in making informed purchases; enable doctors to treat patients even when separated by hundreds of miles or reduce energy consumption and waste.
Intelligent Systems Framework and Big Data
Today, connected devices often lack the security and manageability features needed to protect and manage the network of devices that connects to each other and the cloud. Intel predicts that by 2015, more than 15 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, making more than a trillion connections. And one third of these connected devices will be intelligent systems. This network of intelligent systems makes up what is frequently called the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Intel ® Intelligent Systems Framework is an evolving set of interoperable solutions that will simplify and accelerate the deployment of the IoT. The framework is designed to enable connectivity, manageability and security across these intelligent systems in a consistent and scalable manner. These billions of connected devices will generate an enormous volume of data or “big data” and there is tremendous value to be extracted from this data produced from the IoT. The Intelligent Systems Framework will allow system owners to shift development resources toward converting the massive volumes of data into actionable information. Harnessing and combining both machine-generated and user-created data holds the potential to improve lives, spur incredible advances in productivity, and create new industry-shifting services.
Powering Intelligent Systems
Intelligent systems possess high-performance compute capabilities needed to manage and analyze data collected, and transform it into valuable business intelligence. Intel processors, from the low-power Intel® Atom™ processor to the graphic-rich Intel® CoreTM processor to the high performance Intel® Xeon® processor, provide energy-efficient performance to handle the explosion of data created by millions of intelligent systems. Intel brings together essential solutions for intelligent systems, including security, manageability and network connectivity.
The number of connected intelligent systems is expected to grow by 400 percent to 20 billion devices or more over the next 10 years. As such, data traffic is expected to grow by as much as 200 times in the next decade, with increasingly rich data adding to network demand.
Intel delivers increasing performance per watt to ensure that Intel processors will simplify the connectivity of intelligent systems and enable businesses and network operators to move intelligence to the network edge. Intel provides connectivity solutions for heterogeneous networks including wide area networking, WiFi and cellular communications.
Security and Manageability
Whether intelligent systems are working with personal or enterprise data, security is top priority.
The 3rd generation Intel Core processors deliver improved security with new features such as Intel® OS Guard to detect and prevent malware and Intel® Secure Key to protect media, data and assets from loss.
The 3rd generation Intel Core processor family also continues to feature Intel® Active Management technology (Intel® AMT) for remote diagnosis and management of problems and repairs without the need for costly on-site service visits. This is especially valuable to retailers with large quantities of point-of-sale machines in numerous stores, where the ability to remotely diagnose and quickly mend problems over the network prevents interruptions to consumer transactions.
Wind River* provides embedded operating system and middleware including security and manageability solutions for intelligent systems.
McAfee* provides security solutions below the OS for authentication, encryption and device integrity.
Intel Intelligent Systems Continue to Transform Experiences
Intelligent systems will continue to demand more performance to bring richer experiences and become more fundamental to our daily lives. Intel is working with industry leaders across many market segments to create a seamless fabric of cloud-connected intelligent systems. Intel is working with such retailers as HSN*, Kraft Foods* and Macys* to conceive technologies that deliver immersive and personalized experiences for consumers that are memorable and engaging. In the automotive industry, Intel is working with Toyota*, Hyundai,*, Kia* and BMW* to develop intelligent in-vehicle infotainment systems that allow travelers to interact in a more intelligent and personal way and to remain connected to the content and devices they carry with them throughout their daily lives.
The writer is Country Manager for Intel Pakistan. In this role he oversees the overall business for Intel Pakistan, including functions such as sales, channel marketing, business development, public and government relations.