The Internet of Things (IoT) is an ecosystem built on connected devices or ‘things’. It’s an ecosystem that combines sensing and signalling technologies to collect, process, and/or transmit data. Data which in-turn can be harvested, filtered, and analysed to help either automate a process, trigger an alert, or provide trending information for further analysis – the possibilities are many.
Taking a problem and solving it with an IoT ecosystem seems like a simple proposition but there are challenges that can slow the progress of any deployment. Being aware of these issues prior to embarking on the journey to create your IoT ecosystem can alleviate potential problems.
The first problem is that there are currently no interoperability guidelines or open standards for IoT devices and hence many vendors are developing their own proprietary solutions – thus the need for integration as an ecosystem grows is critical. At the network layer however, the story is very different with the methods and protocols used for communications being well defined and based on industry ratified standards.
There are many challenges that need consideration when building out an IoT ecosystem, including:
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MOQdigital is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner and was selected to join an elite group of IoT development partners to work with organisations on advanced IoT project development. MOQdigital provides turnkey solutions that take projects from the high-level conceptual phase right through to production systems.
IoT Central is MOQdigital’s “Smart Gateway” solution which helps business deliver IoT solutions quickly, securely and efficiently.
Our approach is to help provide flexible orchestration while offering the scalability to adapt and grow as business needs evolve. MOQdigital can add value when and where you need it by providing the resources to complete your IoT initiatives quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.
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DATA PRESENTATION / AUTOMATION
At this layer, data is displayed as useful information in the form of a dashboard or the results from the analytics layer are used to trigger an event or process.
ANALYTICS / MACHINE LEARNING
This layer is where the smarts happen with the raw or unprocessed data run through analytics engines or algorithm to extract useful information.
Once the data is collected, it needs to be stored and secured – usually in the form of a database.
DATA COLLECTION POINTS
This is a layer where the data that has been collected. Collection points may be setup to be centralised or distributed – or a hybrid of both.
NETWORK / SECURITY
The physical network that the IoT devices connect to, usually in the form of a WiFi, Low Energy Bluetooth, or Zigbee solution. Security is usually applied across the network layer to ensure protection of data in transit.
This is the layer that relates to an actual data collector, usually in the form of a sensor, probe or agent running on a machine.