MobileIron Forms IoT
February 22, 2017
has formed an Internet of Things (IoT) division which will focus on
building an end-to-end chain of trust from sensor to app to gateway to
cloud to network. The company also announced that Santhosh Nair has
joined MobileIron as VP IoT to lead the division. He will work closely
with MobileIron co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Suresh Batchu.
MobileIron is targeting having an IoT product ready for sale later this
year. Bain & Company estimates that by 2020 IoT vendor revenue could
exceed $470 billion.
Many existing IoT systems have significant limitations because they are
highly customized and inflexible, which makes them hard to configure and
expensive to maintain over the system's lifecycle. MobileIron's IoT
platform will be designed to:
•Use a standards-based, open systems
approach for interoperability;
•Deliver scalable, automated lifecycle management to mitigate against
the possibility of human errors;
•Protect the integrity and the security of petabytes of moving data; and
•Provide continuity for systems that are too critical to fail.
"There's been a lot of hype around the Internet of Things and most of it
is just that: hype. The mistake that a lot of companies make with IoT is
that they start by looking at the problem from the sensor up," said
Barry Mainz, President and CEO, MobileIron. "Our customer-focused
approach is exactly the opposite. Over the last year, we have worked
hand-in-hand with our customers and global operator partners to
understand how companies want to use IoT and what challenges they face.
As a result, we have defined specific use cases in healthcare, energy,
manufacturing, and automotive where we can help our customers. This
creates a tremendous opportunity for us."
The Internet of Things is the next frontier of the Information Age. IoT
automates core business workflows by digitizing the collection of data
in order to gather insights that drive physical action. Enterprise
computing happens at the network edge and in the cloud to reduce
latency. The consequences of inaccurate information or inappropriate
action can be costly (supply chain disruption), dangerous (a pipeline
leak), or deadly (medical errors). In IoT, scale and security are
critical. MobileIron's goal is to provide a unified platform and a
single pane of glass to secure and manage IoT services.
MobileIron's IoT solution applies the company's software leadership and
innovation to this new market opportunity. MobileIron's three-point
architecture of policy engine, edge client, and network gateway is
directly applicable to the challenges of IoT deployments. Administrators
automate rules using the policy engine. The edge client enforces actions
on the IoT gateway and monitors security posture. The network gateway
ensures that IoT data is transmitted securely and not susceptible to
man-in-the-middle attacks. And all these actions are done at massive
MobileIron to lead the new division is Santhosh Nair. Santhosh brings
more than 20 years of international experience in strategy, engineering
and product management. He joins from Wind River, an Intel company,
where he was the Vice President & General Manager of the IoT business
unit and managed key customer relationships across broad markets. Prior
to Wind River, he spent over 15 years at GE Healthcare culminating in
his role as Worldwide Product Manager for the $1.5B Computed Tomography
(CT) business. He holds an MBA in Strategy & Marketing from Northwestern
University Kellogg School of Management and a BTech in electronics and
telecommunications from Government College of Engineering, Trivandrum,
"When I met with the team at MobileIron, I was impressed with their
insights on the Internet of Things and I'm excited to turn these
insights into execution," said Santhosh Nair, VP, IoT, MobileIron.
"Enterprise endpoint security is critical to the successful adoption of
technologies for the Internet of Things and many of MobileIron's
engineering innovations are directly applicable to IoT. I believe we
have a big opportunity and a huge market lead."