Increasingly more companies are beginning to realise IoT's huge potential for exciting opportunities to transform businesses. However, with all the marketing hype around IoT, many organisations are unsure about how to implement IoT initiatives or are skeptical about the IoT’s true business value. There are questions about security and worries that such wide-ranging connectedness will threaten our privacy. However, regardless of these issues, one thing remains clear: in order to take on the challenges of design for this new connected world we need to fundamentally shift our thinking.
IoT design is quite different from design for other complex systems; data will be the critical material, shared across open and flexible networks. Making the most of IoT for your business requires strategic thinking and careful planning.
For some developers, the IoT may seem like a jumble of technologies arranged in a confusing set of combinations. It’s true that this is an area where embedded computing, MEMs, broadband and mobile networking, distributed cloud computing, advanced distributed database architectures, cutting-edge web and mobile user interfaces, and deep enterprise integrations all converge. But thankfully, in their book "Foundational Elements of an IoT Solution" Joe Biron and Jonathan Follett (see below the article) outline some clean layers to inform a mental model of IoT solutions:
The edge of the IoT is where all the “Things” reside: from sensors to vehicles, everyday products to entirely new kinds of gadgets. Those are system end-points that interact with and communicate real-time data from smart products and services.
The cloud, of course, is a critical component of any IoT solution. It is the central station of any IoT solution, and while it may be tempting to think about the IoT device cloud as the equivalent of a web or mobile application, the Internet of Things introduces its own unique characteristics and subsystems.
Software applications allow us to surface information about these “Things” through. Creating applications that derive value from the IoT involves much more than generating a user interface on a web or mobile device. While it’s true that some IoT software may take the form of an app that gives a user a new experience on a smart, connected product, it could also consist of a prediction from an analytics model derived through machine learning and assimilated after an examination of multitudes of data, or it could mean the integration of a data feed from a connected operation into another business system.
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