The IoT platform allows you to pilot several connected objects and networks with granularity. Overview of this “data aggregator” that has become essential for all sectors wishing to manage their objects.
Choosing an iot platform requires understanding the basic principle of this particular infrastructure. It makes the link between, the component, the object, the gateway, data in the cloud, software applications , etc. It allows you to manage these different aspects with granularity. It takes on the role of data aggregator, therefore Big Data tools and analysis. Suppliers thus offer a set of decisive tools in different sectors. Some specialize in the installation of infrastructure within factories, others are also aimed at “makers”, designers who would like to assemble a proof of concept quickly.
This comparison attempts to answer these questions. We want to help our professional readers in their choice of infrastructures. What solutions should they choose if they want to connect objects? Machines?Smart Grids? What features, APIs are available?
The IoT platform brings together a set of services which make it possible to collect, store, correlate, analyze and exploit data. It thus refers to the support software that connects the entire IoT system, facilitating communication, data flow, and device management and application functionality. The platform connects devices to a cloud with flexible connectivity options. It can also be used as man IoT platform provides a set of ready-to-use featuiddleware when it connects remote devices to user applications (or other devices) while managing the interactions between the hardware and the application layers. The market for IoT platforms explodes at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 39%. This market is expected to exceed $ 22 billion by 2023.
Many IoT platforms are available on the market, each promising specific advantages depending on its services. There are two types to distinguish, however: owners and open source. Proprietary platforms (PaaS, Platform as a Service) allow sharing of responsibilities, as the service provider will be responsible for the operational maintenance of all environments. Open-source platforms require more time and technique, since they require the development of all services, the maintenance of tools, infrastructure and applications. The consulting and research firm Gartner performs an annual ranking of industrial IoT platforms, which assesses “execution capacity” (product robustness, overall viability, pricing policy, responsiveness to market needs and results obtained, etc.) and “completeness of vision”. In 2019, this ranking recognized the software AG solution and that of PTC as visionaries of the IoT industry.
IoT device management
Device management is paramount within any IoT system. Once a device is installed, any possible anomalies must be anticipated upstream. Some devices will break down and need to be repaired or replaced, reducing recovery time and business productivity. Device management thus goes through several stages to be respected:
- provisioning and authentication
- configuration and control
- surveillance and diagnosis
- software updates and maintenance