Importance of Sensors In the Internet of Things

By Sani Theo

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IoT platform

An IoT device is connected with other IoT devices, providing data through Internet transfer protocols. So the two main divisions in an IoT system are the network and IoT platform at the back-end and the sensors and actuators at the front-end.

Most of the IoT platforms are dependent on sensors. There are many IoT platforms available but two main IoT platforms that stand out are industrial and consumer. Both these platforms slightly differ in their applications and requirements. The industrial IoT platform must be stable, reliable and secure as the platform failure may cost millions of dollars or even lives. On the other hand, a failure in consumer IoT platform can be just an inconvenience to you.

However, there are some common parameters to be considered when choosing the best IoT platform for your application. Some of these parameters include reliability, stability, flexibility, security support, pricing model, mobile/web application support, ability to handle a number of connected products, data retention or backup when power or network connection fails, and the speed and time to launch the product.

Some of the IoT platforms are listed below.

ThingSpeak

It is a cross-platform, open source IoT application and API to store and retrieve data from things using HTTP protocol over the Internet or via a local area network.

IBM Watson

It is an IoT platform backed by IBM’s hybrid cloud PaaS (platform as a service) development platform, the Bluemix. It features device management, secure communications, real-time data exchange, data storage and weather data service.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT

This IoT platform makes it a lot easier for developers to connect sensors for multiple applications ranging from automobiles to turbines to smart home light bulbs.

Microsoft Azure IoT

Its features include device shadowing, rules engine, identity registry and information monitoring.

Google Cloud platform

It is one of the best IoT platforms. It is a set of modular cloud-based services that allow you to create anything from simple websites to complex applications.

ThingWorx

It is one of the earliest IoT software platforms designed to build and run applications including aerospace, automotive, consumer products, industrial equipment and medical devices.

Cisco IoT Cloud Connect

It offers new ways to manage and store data in the cloud and data centres. Its features include voice and data connectivity, SIM lifecycle management, IP session control, customisable billing and reporting.

Verizon ThingSpace

It is a simplified way to go from prototype to production. The API allows to add and activate devices, check their status, monitor their usage, and perform other device connectivity management tasks through a REST API.

Bosch IoT suite

It offers users complete safety and reliability while storing the data. It is a flexible IoT platform based on open standards and open source. Its cloud services meet the requirements typical of IoT projects.

Samsung ARTIK smart IoT platform

This integrated smart IoT platform provides the fastest path to secure and interoperable IoT products and services.

To sum up

As IoT applications grow, so does the demand for sensors. There are a wide variety of sensors available. But for an IoT application, choosing the right sensor as well as the right IoT platform is important.


 

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