Intel introduces IoT provisioning solution to help install devices automatically | TechCrunch

Chipmaker Intel wants a piece of the growing Internet of Things market and they have developed the Intel Secure Device solution to help companies provision IoT devices in a secure and automated way.

Dipti Vachani, vice president and general manager for the Internet of Things Group at Intel, says we hear that 50 billion IoT devices will be deployed by 2020, but there is a gap between that prediction and the reality her company is seeing.

“We are not seeing customers deploying. We are seeing rock-star proofs of concept, but can they get into the factory and deploy those things [at scale],” she asked.

The company has developed a free software development kit to help the industry solve a huge problem around provisioning IoT devices. If a firm is installing hundreds of smart bulbs, all of which communicate over WiFi, how do you do it in a secure way? The SDK gives companies a way to provision automatically and ensure that whatever the device — a smart light bulb, a sensor on a piece of equipment or a video camera — is a sanctioned device and can be installed securely automatically without human intervention.

This is particularly important when you are talking about IoT scale. This is a process that can benefit from automation because humans simply can’t keep up. When hundreds of devices are being deployed, it could take months or years to do it manually. A machine can do it in hours or days.