Wat is Identity of Things?
In 2020 there were more than 26 billion devices connected to the internet: refrigerators, solar panels, trash cans, cars and even toys. All these devices must communicate with each other, with servers and with users. This network is called the Internet of Things.
Identity of things refers to solutions that allow you to easily manage the relationships between IoT devices and people. Identity of Things creates the precondition for safe and stable communication from, to and between “things”, such as sensors, cars and solar panels.
Why Identity of Things?
The Internet of Things has endless possibilities. But connecting devices to the internet also has a downside: if you don’t do this carefully, you also make them accessible to others and this entails great risks. After all: the last thing you want is for a malicious person to take control of your car while you are driving on the highway. How do we answer the questions:
- How do we control access to these devices and the information they contain?
- How do we check which persons and devices are authorized to use certain functionalities?
- How do we secure the ecosystem as a whole?
The core of the answer to these questions is the digital identity. An identity makes it possible to control access. Consider the following example: with an identity, a weather station can ask for permission to run the latest update. On the other hand, a meteorologist can remotely read the weather station to get the latest data. By focusing on identity, we can apply traditional Identity & Access Management to smart devices. This allows you, as an organization, to remain in control of who has access to the smart device, at what time and what they can do with it.
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