IoT fueling BYOD

By CIOReview | Monday, July 2, 2018
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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative was just the beginning of an era that goes on to witness the integration of smart devices to the corporate ecosystem. The emergence of Internet of Things (IoT) has further enhanced the usability of smart devices, especially in workplaces. These devices are now automatically registered through NFC tags, MAC addresses, and serial numbers, which in turn, creates an ecosystem specifically designed to obtain the best of both worlds; corporate environment and personalized device portfolio. IoT, on the other hand, interlinks these devices with the workplace infrastructure and correlates corresponding data sets with each employee, thereby sharing the appropriate information with the equivalent user groups. This facilitates a workplace network, localized to the corporate environment that allows exchange of information in a controlled and regulated manner.

Enter Blockchain, another technology that has been in the limelight due to the numerous benefits that it offers for the exchange of data in a secure and regulated manner. Bolstered by IoT, Blockchain serves as a channel through which data flows, securely maintaining it among the peers. It allows organizations to establish a sense of transparency and auditability among the devices that are part of the network. As a case in point, a device that acts as a node within this network may allow users to automatically sign in to the work portal as he or she enters the premises, enable push notifications when arriving at the desk, or even synchronize the calendars to set reminders about upcoming events. Such features are aimed at increasing the productivity of employees, all the while optimizing the workplace.