Brian Wright, director of systems engineering at CommScope's federal business, has said agencies should utilize an access network to simplify the onboarding process for an internet-of-things endpoint and manage security protocols.
He wrote in a Fifth Domain opinion piece published Friday that an IoT access network is a key component of infrastructure necessary to field connected devices and can facilitate convergence of wired and wireless systems.
Wright noted that such network includes access points for IoT platforms, connectivity modules, network controllers for the local area network and wireless LAN, and a controller to support security, device and connectivity management functions.
"This is important not only for immediate-use IoT projects, but to enable the scalability to grow the network as it’s important for agencies to take the long view of what IoT can and will provide to their organization," he stated.
He added that connected devices work to help users gain insights in real time from data through sensors and these platforms should be implemeted with a multilayered security approach.