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Why settle for just any IoT platform?

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Cars being built in IoT-enabled factory

Security, interoperability, IT/OT and hosting crucial considerations

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the evolution of machine-to-machine (M2M) technology that facilitates the interconnection of sensors, machines, IT systems and management platforms to enable the “smart world” around us. The leading technology behind this latest industrial revolution—Industry 4.0—IoT, is signalizing major changes and disruptions in both the internet and manufacturing industries. Wireless networks, sensor technology, and cloud-based and real-time computing make it possible to collate and analyze data across machines to make processes faster and more efficient. However, installing a system to monitor machines is only a first step. To capitalize on IoT, manufacturers need to make systemic changes across the organization.

Capitalizing on IoT

The amount of data generated in manufacturing is growing twice as quickly as in any other industry. However, many enterprises are analyzing only a small fraction of their data to get meaning out of it. In order to gain meaningful information out of existing data and gain a competitive advantage, enterprises need to tap into the power of IoT with a software platform with the following characteristics:

  • Interacts with machines
  • Delivers an intuitive user experience 
  • Collects and analyzes heterogeneous data
  • Features advanced predictive analytics for better decision-making
  • Prioritizes data security

Top considerations in an IoT platform

While most businesses are generating a great amount of data, it is only when that data is funneled back into the organization and analyzed that it can contribute to valuable operational and business innovations. An IoT platform gives you this ability, providing a standardized way to harness IoT so that your business can quickly build smart apps and solutions on the platform to make data-driven decisions and extend capabilities.

These are the major features that distinguish strong platforms from other platforms:

IoT security and privacy

Safeguarding data security and privacy throughout the organization’s entire IoT ecosystem is critical to address potential risks and prevent breaches that may leak important or private data. Together with secure connectivity, enterprises must build a strategy to ensure compliance with privacy regulations.

Interoperability and standards

When building an IoT system, it is important to look for a platform that is operable, programmable and communicable across the widest range of devices and sensors in the ecosystem. Choose a system that conforms to widely-adopted, non-proprietary industry standards to ensure interoperability with the highest number of applications and hardware. This helps to future-proof your system and safeguards your investment against technology obsolescence.

Convergence of IT and OT

By carefully planning and integrating your IoT platform into your operation technology (OT), you will enable the efficient collection and analysis of a huge amount of data. An organization’s machinery, facilities, devices and sensors throughout the organization make up its OT. Contrast this with an organization’s information technology (IT), which includes all the necessary communication technologies used in the organization, such as for the enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) systems. The convergence of IT and OT is important to:

Improve information security

  • Increase control over distributed operations
  • Eliminate redundant processes to reduce operating costs
  • Fully extract value from data
  • Improve overall plant safety
  • Enhance performance and reduce time to market

Hosting model

The three major options for hosting your IoT system are on-premises, private cloud and hybrid. The right hosting model depends on the security, access and performance requirements needed for your system.

Next steps in considering an IoT platform

IoT goes beyond just M2M communications, bringing a new age of automation into manufacturing and other different sectors.

The challenges enterprises face today include data and storage management, security concerns, unplanned downtime, productivity, and decision-making: all of which can be addressed with today’s IoT platforms, but only ones that are built on a stable foundation today and flexible for tomorrow’s needs.

IoT enables transparency on the shop floor by applying smart manufacturing solutions across the value chain, while enabling more practical decision-making through consistent, real-time key data. Implementing an IoT platform will help you get rid of unplanned downtime, reduce productivity loss and monitor your assets remotely. This all enables you to grow your organization to meet future requirements.

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While 8-bit and 16-bit MCUs are well suited for IoT end-node applications, the 32-bit MCU has a key function in the IoT pyramid: It provides the data throughput, reading sensors and sending real-time sensor data over an IP-based network.
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Automotive Electronics: Top 5 Tech Trends of Tomorrow’s Smart Cars
March 3, 2017
In the United States alone, motor vehicles travel well over four trillion miles each year according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.* To gain a sense of this distance, consider that while it takes light approximately eight minutes to travel
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Antennas for RF Designs in the IoT
March 3, 2017
The physical connection for many IoT nodes leverages legacy wired networks found in homes, offices, schools, factories and other areas. As we become mobile, wireless physical connections are becoming the norm. Each wireless connection requires at lea
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Going Up? Elevators, Windows 10 And The Internet Of Things
March 2, 2017
People are excited about the Internet of Things for a variety of reasons. It’s already made us more connected. And as more and more things are connected, a number of industries are poised to become faster, more efficient and more reliable.
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Fueling Up On Smart Maps – Mapping Technology In Oil And Gas
March 2, 2017
It’s a political hot topic, a major export and even the reason wars have been fought. It touches almost every aspect of our lives.
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Bing Maps Is Bringing The World To The Classroom
March 2, 2017
You’ve heard about Bing Maps for business, right? Companies in a wide variety of industries are using Bing Maps to drive sales, increase efficiency and save money.
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Alarm Bells Ring for Unsecured Connected Devices
March 2, 2017
A hot topic at the annual Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas this summer was the increasing risk companies are facing with the Internet of Things (IoT).
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A Look at the MicroSD Card of the Future: Speed and Capacity meet Reliability
March 2, 2017
Manufacturers recently released the largest capacity and fastest microSD cards ever made. The 128 GB cards demonstrate more than a 1,000-fold increase in storage density over the last decade, and the fastest speeds of these microSD cards now rival ot
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A “Canned” Module/IC Solution Simplifies Wireless Implementation, but Potential Design-in Issues Remain
March 2, 2017
Incorporating wireless connectivity into a product is now a standard design requirement for Wi-Fi, IoT, and other applications.
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London’s Pigeon Population Flocks to IoT
February 25, 2017
In one of the strangest, most innovative uses of Intelligent Systems we’ve seen so far, DigitasLbi Creative Director Pierre Dequesnoy came up with the idea of using pigeons equipped with sensor-loaded backpacks to analyze pollution in the UK’s ca
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Internet of Things: Low Power, Low Cost Connected Devices Fuel Demand for Microco
February 25, 2017
At the heart of the devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) are a variety of ultra low power microcontrollers (MCUs), sensor networks, systems-on-chip (SoC) and communications protocols such as ZigBee. These underlying technologies operate
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IoT Proliferation Teeters on the Edge
By Alex Iuorio   -   February 6, 2017
Cybersecurity and the irony of what happened during U.S. President Barack Obama's January 12, 2015 speech to the Federal Trade Commission on the growing threat, during which he declared: “If we’re’re going to be connected, we’ve got to be pro
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The Internet of Things Pushes the Possibilities Offered by Big Data
January 29, 2017
The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses things as tangible as a light switch, things as ethereal as a cloud, and all things in-between.
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Invest in the Future with IoT
January 20, 2017
You and I have known for a long time that connected devices are becoming pervasive throughout society, and it seems like the investment world is finally catching up.
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New Year’s Resolution: Let’s Get Security Right in 2016
January 29, 2016
BBC Business News recently reported that cybersecurity will be the main issue of global business in 2016. Another top trend this year? IoT and "the development of the hyper-connected world."

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