Internet of Things is interestingly poised with an explosive numbers of connected devices, proliferation of sensors and new smart solutions it brings in. For a developer who loves innovative challenges it is an area to be right now but for an aspiring developer or a developer who is eyeing at IoT here are the top skills that a professional needs to be equipped with.
Embedded ThingsIoT is conversations between various electronic or electromechanical devices that are able to size up, look at, interact with the environment around them and collate data. This is where knowledge of embedded systems is vital. Within the IoT ecosystem, embedded system refers to the platforms where we have devices or objects with sensors embedded in them, these sensors can ‘talk’ between them via internet and also to ‘us’ depending on the objective they are supposed to engage. This is where a working knowledge on embedded system electronic design, fabrication technologies, measurement systems, and hardware knowledge of the machines, Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) engineering, AutoCAD drafting skillsets can give you a boost to the IoT career.
NetworkingNetwork engineers are most sought people due to convergence and connected world not just in IoT but in general. Talking about IoT, networking plays an all-important role as we talk about connected devices here and hence skills related to hardware in communication devices is very much needed. If you tick the following knowledge points, you got your resume right to be part of the fledging IoT career.
- Knowledge of current networking standards and technologies
- Deploying and troubleshooting modern networks
- Knowledge of wireless (WPA/WEP or 3G/4G) connections,
- Applying and managing RFID (radio frequency identification)
- Wireless protocols like Bluetooth Low Energy.
Big Data – Security and Data AnalyticsWith so many connected devices, there comes the challenge of information overload that needs to be analysed, make sense of and also protected. Skilled engineers, architects and analysts will be needed to gather and process the information with knowledge in the following areas.
- Vulnerability assessment
- Public key infrastructure (PKI) security
- Ethical hacking
- Wireless network security
- Securely managing data
- Cybersecurity analysis