More connected heavy equipment and vehicles that use IoT open new avenues for attack—from environmentalist groups targeting operations for disruption to state-sponsored actors conducting cyber espionage. In addition, these attacks on heavy equipment and vehicle IoT devices pose risks to the operators who use them.
Dellfer for Heavy Equipment
Dellfer takes a unique approach to protecting IoT devices, such as construction equipment, wheel loaders, oilfield pieces, manufacturing equipment, earthmovers, hydraulic cranes, bulldozers, oversized trucks, and forklifts. Conceptually, it is simple. Dellfer essentially takes a fingerprint of the software used to run an IoT device, then sets up detection mechanisms that trigger defenses if any changes appear. For instance, if malware is injected into the software, Dellfer detects it and quarantines it. Or, if the software is altered to behave differently, Dellfer identifies the source of the issue and neutralizes it.
Improvements Needed to Mining IoT Security
According to the Inmarsat Report, The Future of IoT in Enterprise:
“Almost all mining companies are worried that their cybersecurity needs urgent improvement as the industry looks to implement IoT projects, while 67 percent of mining companies said that their data security measures would need a ‘complete overhaul’ to be fit for IoT deployments.”
IoT to Reduce Maintenance Time
According to Deloitte:
“IoT-based predictive maintenance services can reduce the time required for maintaining equipment sometimes by half. This way, it adds an hour or two of uptime to each working shift and saves you up to 10% on maintenance expenses.”
Heavy Equipment IoT Numbers
- Researchers forecast the sale of 6.8 million pieces of smart heavy equipment from 2018 to 2025.
- The use of IoT in earthmoving activity allows for consuming 40% less fuel, working 36% less, and completing each project stage 40% faster.
- The annual cost of equipment theft ranges from $300 million to $1 billion.
- IoT in construction makes dump machines smart enough to operate remotely.