Category: Device Management

How to Enable Devices for Internet of Things?

Definition of Internet of Things

Internet of Things is broad term used for many objects and their virtual representations within the internet architecture. Detailed descriptions can be found in the Wiki link – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_of_Things

In this discussion the scope is limited to devices that is shown in the diagram below:

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What is the Problem with the devices?

In internet of things terminology the device of concern is not directly connected to internet or has no access to internet. The level of sharing of information and thus status of various components is not adequate to make decisions. A decision typically require availability of various metrics parameters, some of these are:

  • Productivity
  • Application analytics
  • Feature enhancements and components upgrades
  • New integrations
  • Cost reductions ideas
  • Data Trends

A standalone device is not designed to provide the advanced data on continual basis – one of the many reasons being it’s not connected and is not available on the web. The resources using these devices are also isolated due to the nature of work surrounding the devices. Some of the examples of these devices are in industrial environments of:

  • Oil and Gas Industry
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Consumer Industry

It is known thing that in these industries it’s neither appropriate nor cost effective at design time to provide the interfaces.

Design and feature tradeoffs of existing designs

When the devices were designed the design was done so that it solves the main problem e.g. a gas sensor is designed to first successfully detect the gas values and provide data to the immediate environment. The design of hardware also and any other visual display is primarily intended only to serve the purpose and not necessarily justify the cost of added benefits. Although the enterprises would benefit better integrated systems not always all legacy devices would have the connectivity when the product is designed.

How do we solve the problem?

There are many ways to solve the above problem some of the methods are:

  • Use industry standard platform e.g. Windows embedded OS and enable web server interfaces
  • Ethernet network enable devices
  • Add Wi-fi enabled device interface
  • Add Bluetooth interface to provide networking support
  • Enable web server access – users should be able to access the device using a URL. The status of device and external interface functionality
  • Enable exporting of data trends in reports
  • Web service API for uploading data for external apps

How to enable the devices for IoT?

  • Enable web server access – users should be able to access the device using a URL. The status of device and external interface functionality
  • Enable exporting of trend reports
  • Remote access to device
  • Web service API for uploading data for external apps
  • etc..

What are the added benefits of connected devices?

Connected devices can be easily integrated into various external systems to better e nablethe overall deployment in enterprises.

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