the need for the customer to follow
up with the company for support.
This kind of a mounted device could
be configured with any other consumer durable product. Further, the
biometric reader on the refrigerator could be linked to Shalini’s bank
account, making it easy for her to
pay for her groceries. Similarly, her
wristband is linked to various other
over-the-top providers in the backend. The wristband comes with a
set of embedded functionalities that
could detect and keep a count of a
person’s heartbeat and pulse rate.
Such medical diagnostic data could
be pushed to the medical practitioner for analysis — as illustrated in
Shalini’s planned workout.
Although Io T is still a nascent
phenomenon, with many aspects of
the regulatory environment under development, especially in India, weak
security may be the most important
issue for in-house counsel to address.
Since the Io T industry verticals differ
in many respects, their security challenges also will vary.
As in-house counsel, it becomes
pertinent to understand more than
just the legalities around the Io T.
Where does your organization fit in
the Io T solution and to what extent
it will either affect or be affected by
the Io T elements? With the onset of
Io T products and services, operations should not remain limited to
the review of contractual forms.
Creative thinking, much earlier in
the entire value chain, needs to occur.
Some of the key questions that legal
■ ■ Does the IoT solution require
an in-depth regulatory check (if
any) for components that could
possibly be regulated in the near
future? What should organizations
watch for when working toward
compliance? For instance, is the
deployed network within the
ambit of any applicable telecom
regulations under the local
applicable laws, does the seller
of the IoT solution comply with
those regulations? Does it have the
relevant licenses or permissions
to offer such a solution? Is the
buyer required to observe a certain
minimum standard to be able to
use such a regulated network?