At the Cisco Partner Conference held in San Francisco last week (Nov 2016), it was stated that with every $5 spent on an IoT project, $4 is in infrastructure. So from the research presented, there will be plenty of money in solutions to help connect, secure, and analyse data. However, IoT solutions are not an infrastructure lead sale as the infrastructure often plays a back seat in discussions, which are typically data focused i.e. based on the data being received from the sensor in the field, combined with the rain fall data from the BOM, we want to trigger an alert/event to stop watering the crops on Tuesday etc.
But to be able to harvest the data which in-turn can be filtered and analysed to help either automate a process, trigger an alert, or provide trending information for further analysis – connectivity is required.
One of the core challenges surrounding creating an IoT ecosystem 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.
But there are many other challenges that need consideration when building out infrastructure for an IoT ecosystem including:
· How to connect
· How to secure
· How to monitor and manage
· Understanding the right communications & signalling to use
· Understanding the bandwidth requirements
· Power consumption
· Data management
MOQdigital is in a unique position to help with our joint customers IoT needs.
Whether they require consulting skills to help set their IoT strategy, integration skills to bring the most complex IoT environments together, development skills to build unique IoT agents, data analysis skills to evaluate and present insights or professional services skills to rollout an IoT network on CISCO – MOQdigital has the skills and expertise to help to Plan, Build and Support an IoT ecosystem.
The areas that MOQdigital can help include:
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.
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