The OpenText™ Business Network blog post Top Ten Supply Chain Predictions for 2018, prediction #9 Augmented Reality Technology — talks about how the growing number of products embedded with sensors blurs the line between a physical object and its digital twin. It also indicates an increased focus on the security of information exchanged from these connected devices.
More connected devices places a higher concern over security of this new data flowing across an enterprise, its current supply chain, and customers. More connected devices also means adding new trading partners to the mix with whom secure and reliable data exchange is critical to the smooth operation of the entire supply chain.
Today there are multiple resources available to safeguard the exchange of an organization’s connected device, intellectual property and other data from unauthorized access. One such option is a VPN (virtual private network). Highly reliable and not vulnerable to threats originating from the public internet, a VPN can securely support the transfer of an entities’ most mission-critical business data and processes, such as connected device, shop floor machine monitoring, financial information, product development and design materials, and business-critical applications. On the plant floor, transmitting data for knowing when to remotely make preventative adjustments and knowing when to send in a technician is critical to prevent production delays.
In a manufacturing environment, private networks, such as the OpenText™ ANX Network, can enable reliable connectivity among the OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), and Suppliers with mandated service levels and security across the entire community. As you move through the digital transformation of your organization, consider a private network as a reliable and secure means to exchange your connected device data.