Implementing IoT in unmanaged device environments such as hospitals – News


At the turn of the millennium, enterprise computer networks were still nascent, and individuals and departments were adding devices to them without much oversight. In investment banks, extremely sensitive documents could be printed using remote printers whose location no one knew. This would lead to furious executives yelling at helpdesk employees to find where the printers were, and helpdesk employees had to use those printers to print out pages that said, “If you’re reading this, please call the service. assistance and let us know where you are.

Two decades later, networks are faster and more devices are able to connect to them. But in many cases, this appears to have only compounded the problem of locating and connecting devices scattered across organizations to a single, centralized, managed network.

This is a particular concern for healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) – especially large hospitals. They have many expensive devices on site and many different ways to connect them to many different types of networks.

The Internet of Things (IoT) can help hospitals solve this problem. Although there is a lot of interest in using software platforms to monitor, collect and process data on networks connected to IoT devices, the use of similar software to do the same on networks connected to not optimized for IoT is less known – but such platforms do exist.

IoT platforms, such as Armis, automatically discover connected devices in network environments – whether medical or more conventional IT, managed or unmanaged, wired or wireless – whether the devices are connected to a main network or nope.

The ability of Armis platforms to discover devices is much broader than traditional systems. It can discover medical devices such as infusion pumps, imaging devices and emergency carts in addition to smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, wireless access points, printers, security cameras , temperature monitoring systems and ordinary computers used by staff in clinical environments.

The platform automatically discovers a range of characteristics on each device, including manufacturer, model, OS version, serial number, location, connections and can automatically export this information to the system computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) of an organization.

In addition to these inventory-related features, the platform provides visibility into device behavior, including all network activity, such as DNS queries, TCP sessions, HTTP requests, devices and app usage. Devices, their behavior and their networks are continuously monitored and managed, holistically and automatically, with security threats automatically detected, risk scores assigned and alarms triggered.

The benefits of these platforms extend far beyond inventory, security, and management to cost savings, improved compliance, and other productivity benefits.

Learn more about Armis by attending the healthcare roundtable and Armis booth at the IoT Impact conference in Melbourne on June 9. Stop by the Armis booth (#21) to learn more and get a free whiskey ball ice maker. To see the comprehensive IoT impact program. There are tickets left but get in quick – buy yours now!


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