One Fortune 100 Firm Uses Non-Standard IoT Devices
Thu, September 29, 2022

One Fortune 100 Firm Uses Non-Standard IoT Devices

UEM is one way to secure both devices and users / Photo Credit: Fahroni (via Shutterstock)


Instead of highlighting the ways industries use IoT devices, let’s zero in on how this global pharmaceutical giant leverages IoT devices, wrote Ryan Schwartz of IBM Security via business news platform Forbes. This Fortune 100 company deployed 80,000 devices in offices, labs, and the field. Most of these devices fall into the non-traditional category, with the business expecting to deploy an additional 2,000 non-standard devices in the future. The physicians and researchers of this company are not just giving out wearables to patients. Rather, Google Glass is utilized by doctors and researchers to review drug info, an uncommon practice in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Further, AR and VR are increasingly being adopted in healthcare and in other industries. In the case of the healthcare industry, AR and VR are used to visualize medical conditions and their respective treatments in real-time. According to the consulting firm Capgemini, 46% of organizations believe that AR and VR will become mainstream by 2021. We can expect that 1 in 2 organizations will implement or will be strongly considering the implementation of augmented and visual endpoints. Right now, AR and VR are not monopolizing non-traditional device cases, but regardless, this Fortune 100 pharmaceutical firm also relies on ruggedized devices. They are often seen in heavy industry or the military. However, ruggedized devices are becoming more common in the private sector. These devices are a handheld or a laptop device built for harsh conditions or extensive use. 

Ruggedized devices are used in healthcare, with the Fortune 100 company using Zebra scanners to track drugs in the warehouse. But how can companies emulate this company? The devices deployed throughout the organization can be secured via unified endpoint management (UEM). In the case of the pharmaceutical firm, it relies on IBM Security MaaS 360 to manage and protect thousands of devices as well as the users who interact with them. Therefore, the purpose of UEM is to unify all the organization’s endpoints in one console to bolster visibility and security while providing smooth user experience.