We put in a new IP phone system recently that does something similar. Previously we had to get the MAC address of the phone and advise the administrators (I was not one of the trusted few) to associate that MAC with the desired extension number.
The new system now lets you configure a phone without a MAC. You go and plug in the phone, lift the handset and get a voice advising you that "this is not a provisioned phone". You have to enter a password and then the desired extension of the phone. The system then does the associations itself. Much better way of doing it.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.