Applications of IoT

2018-05-22T12:24:05+00:00

The number of IoT consumers are increasing by the day and there is always some company launching a new IoT enabled product. Based on predictions, this trend will only increase in the future.

IoT is already allowing us to share and use valuable information in our daily life and some popular applications of IoT are farming, agriculture, greenhouse, industrial automation, smart buildings and supply chain management.

Farming
The way farmers work is being revolutionized by remote farming operations and remote monitoring of livestock enabled by the internet of things (IoT). An application of IoT that should not be underestimated, smart farming is expected to play a crucial role in the economy of predominantly agricultural-product exporting countries going forward.

Agriculture
An example of this IoT application is smart irrigation systems sensing the soil moisture and taking weather into account to ensure that they only water crops when needed, thus reducing the amount of water usage. This is an example of outdoor agriculture application of IoT. An example of IoT application in indoor agriculture would be IoT enabling monitoring and management of micro-climate conditions such as temperature, humidity and light to maximize production.

Greenhouse
A farming facility, connected greenhouse incorporates the internet of things microcontrollers, sensors and applications. The technology helps to automate and improve the management of greenhouse. Moreover, sensors can detect radiation, pathogens, and air quality to identify dangerous concentrations early and allow people to evacuate.

Industrial Automation
Perhaps, the most talked about application of IoT today is industrial automation. Industrial automation is empowering industries with sensors, software and big data analytics to create efficient processes and products. Industrial automation is revolutionizing industries by increasing manufacturing efficiency.
Sensors embedded in manufacturing equipment and placed throughout a factory can help identify bottlenecks in the manufacturing process. By addressing bottlenecks, manufacturing time and waste is reduced. Industrial automation enables ‘predictive maintenance’, which is using advanced sensing and analytics to predict exactly when machines will need maintenance. This ensures that machines are serviced only when they need it, which cuts total costs and the time machines spend idle.

Smart Buildings
From enhancing security to reducing energy and maintenance costs, a range of IoT solutions are available to control and monitor connected buildings. IoT enables automated processes that allow you to control the operations of a building from a remote destination. With IoT, you can control a building’s heating, air conditioning, security, lighting, ventilation and other systems.

Supply Chain Management
With IoT, you can track goods and exchange information with suppliers in real time. Offering a range of solutions, IoT is helping optimize packaging, inventory management, quality control, logistics and overall management of the supply chain. For example, by placing RFID or NFC tags on individual products, the exact location of single items in a large warehouse can be shared, thus saving search time and lowering labor costs.
Additionally, by allowing you to know exactly what’s in-stock and what isn’t, IoT ensures that you order new products only when needed. This reduces the cost of keeping extra inventory. Also, smart inventory management eliminates the need to manually check what’s on the shelves, reducing labor costs.

Blockchain And IoT – How They Can Collaborate?

2018-04-10T10:02:39+00:00

IoT is everywhere today and it can benefit from collaboration with another disruptive technology: blockchain. Here, we explore how IoT and blockchain technologies can work together to form some kind of synergy.

One of the most Ubiquitous technologies today, the internet of things or IoT continues to be adopted by an increasing number of people each day. According to Gartner—an American research and advisory firm, there were over eight billion connected devices in use at the end of 2017—a 31% increase from the previous year and this trend is expected to continue in the future as well, with connected devices expected to reach twenty billion by the end of the 2020.

Another innovative technology making a name for itself is blockchain, the distributed ledger technology supporting bitcoin and other-cryptocurrencies. It is being touted in many quarters as an innovation that will change how we transact, build trust and transfer value. Many technology experts believe that collaboration between the two disruptive technologies: IoT and Blockchain, will not only herald us into a new era of technology and innovation but will also help deliver enhanced services securely.

Security is the perhaps the biggest advantage of using blockchain technology together with IoT. So, what is it that makes blockchain so secure? The answer is in its architecture. In a blockchain network, each user is governed by a private key and a public key. Upon the initiation of a transaction, the user broadcasts an encrypted message in the network using their private key. The message spreads, reaching members of the network who can decrypt it using their public key.

A digital signature of sorts, the encrypted message is arranged with a probability of two× 160 times. The output appears as follows:

1461501637330902918203684832716283019655932542976

This makes it virtually impossible for anyone to trace the information of the user or vandalize the stored data. Passing from node to node, the signature helps to check any fraud or attempt to breach data in case there is disagreement regarding an order.

What IoT and Blockchain Collaboration Can Help Achieve

IoT comprises of connected devices that are used every day such as vehicles, wearable tech, buildings, physical devices, etc. With embedded electronics, software and sensors allowing them to send and receive data. This allows us to make intelligent decisions.  An enabler of change, IoT can benefit in the following areas by collaborating with blockchain technology:

Smart contracts

Collaboration between blockchain and IoT can enable automation of large scale remote systems management. This can potentially increase efficiency and reduce the overall costs.

Governance

By enabling the deployment of remote sensors, IoT allows almost anything to be measured. Alongside smart IoT solutions, blockchain technology can be used to ensure that the results are transparent and accessible to the public.

Identity Management

In times of connected, smart devices that gather information about us and share it with the world, allowing people to effectively control and manage their identity in the digital space is crucial. By allowing people to opt in or out of providing access to personal information, blockchain can help to secure the information of people in the IoT space. This is great news for all involved.

What Is IoT? Understanding IoT And the Technology Behind It

2018-04-03T11:44:14+00:00

Internet of Things or IoT as its popularly known is changing everything, including how businesses function.

Understanding IoT

A system of devices connected to the web and each other, IoT includes a plethora of devices including smart phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, light switches, tablets, wearable device, garage doors, fridges and more.

IoT is applicable in the business world as well where it is used to improve business operations, make smarter decisions and design or manufacture smarter products.

Some reports predict that there will be over twenty billion web connected devices by 2020. And, these are conservative numbers. Some estimates say the numbers could exceed a 100 billion. Regardless of which figure turns out to be true, the number of devices connected to the web by 2020 will be significant enough for us to consider how IoT will impact the world in the future.

IoT and Increased Data

IoT is expected to add significant data to data streams. For this reason, it’s crucial for individuals and organizations to be in a position to manage the broad impact that IoT technology will have on technical areas, business strategy and risk management.

With IoT, it is possible to get access to a considerable amount of useful information without having to ask for it. This includes the online habits of customers and how they connect to the web each day.

Not only does IoT provide you with valuable customer data, it also increases your knowledge about machines. For example, if engines and vehicles are connected to the web, then they can inform you about problems and the software will provide you with diagnostic reports which you can use to fine-tune production.

Over time, IoT will provide you with many useful bits of data. By putting together these pieces  of data that you receive over time, you can get a clear understanding of your business operations, your customers and the audience you want to target in the future.

Pre IoT, businesses had to manually perform inspections, report inefficiencies and then inform the supplier about any issues in quality or volume. Today, software connected to the web reports this data in real-time, allowing businesses to know exactly when they will run out of supplies.

 

Smart Savings with Connected Offices

2018-04-02T11:18:02+00:00

The design and management of a workplace has  profound effect on the productivity, creativity and engagement of those working there. A poorly designed and/or poorly managed workplace can lead to an unproductive and unsatisfying work experience and if this happens too often, it can increase staff turnover and have a negative effect on the company’s bottom line.

Enter ‘smart office’—the brave new world that promises to revolutionize the workplace but can it really improve things? A buzzword, smart office refers to an office space that utilizes smart or connected devices to improve efficiency and the office environment. The main objective of the ‘smart office’ is to create a congenial and well-managed work environment but it is also positioned to lower energy costs and increase workplace visibility to allow monitoring of unusual activities/ irregularities inside office spaces.

Increased Efficiency and Productivity

Smart technology enables efficiency and productivity and this is no secret. By providing staff with the right tools and a connected environment, a smart office helps streamline processes to make them quicker and more practical, resulting in less time spent on repetitive tasks each day. By providing your staff the training to work in a connected or smart office, you can increase their productivity and allow them to operate as efficiently as possible.

Connected offices can also help you to keep track of staff in the workplace. For instance, IoT solutions and connected devices can be used to detect whether employees have entered the office and what rooms are in use. This will allow you to monitor who is in the office and will help you reduce meeting rooms being unnecessarily booked out or large meeting rooms being used for only a couple of people. With connected offices, you get necessary insight into internal processes and procedures, which allows you to adapt whenever necessary.

Reduced Energy Usage

Connected offices feature IoT devices and sensors and this helps to reduce energy usage in the workplace. Using IoT devices and sensors throughout the facility, offices are identifying and enacting steps that not only lower energy usage, but also help reduce their carbon footprint. With these connected devices and sensors, management can control lighting, the environment and other-energy consuming systems. This helps to ensure that there is no energy usage in an unoccupied space in the office.

Better Management of Office Space

A Connected office and IoT solutions makes it easier to manage office space, which in turn allows you to manage office space more efficiently. Some of the practices used in smart or connected offices to manage space includes hot desking and shared spaces. These practices enable more efficient use of the total square footage to ensure that less space is needed per person. The practices are enabled using IoT solutions such as space management software and sensors.

 

Switch now to a connected office that uses IoT solutions to ensure smart savings and align your business perfectly with the modern global trends and get it ready to take on new challenges.

 

 

 

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Start with IoTSense

2018-03-30T13:58:52+00:00

IoT solutions are helping different industries to improve their business model and enhance the efficiency of their operations. We believe that you do not have to reinvent the wheel when you have an excellent IoT solution available in the form of IoTSense. Here, we first discuss the problems of coming up with an IoT system from scratch and then share the benefits of working with IoTSense in your business application.

Problems of Reinventing the Wheel

With various connectivity options available, your first dilemma to finalize a communication module for your sensors and processing devices. You may choose to implement multiple network options, but that will only raise the complexity of your solution. Here are a few problems in this regard:

Security

It is difficult to ensure that you can achieve the desired level of security when creating new IoT software. There are various requirements in terms of creating a strong solution, which means that typical onsite systems for data sensing, analyzing and processing are simply not enough for secure communication and transfer of information.

Confidence

An in-house developed system, when placed in your environment, may not allow you to use it assuredly, as you may face undesirable situations. Creating a new system raises several questions that simply do not allow the luxury of carrying out automation tasks with complete confidence.

Lack of AI

Understanding influence of data patterns and predictive analysis is difficult when producing a one-off system. You must build in all the functionality from the scratch according to the setup of your business unit. Limited AI is available when using systems that must cater to specific demands as it is often established because of the exposure available to a program.

Starting with IoTSense

IoTSense can be deployed in various environments, with the required customization and data preprocessing as well as Machine Learning based post-processing through simple drag and drop activities for generating actionable insights. Here are some important benefits:

Open Source

IoTSense employs an open  API architecture, which is excellent for integrating within existing systems or even build rapid solutions based on using those APIs. It is an intelligent platform, where it is easy to make the required changes and produce the best results for your data processing and automation needs.

Rapid Deployment

You do not have to wait for a long development period for your IoT solution. With an ideal solution already present, and CDCI [Continous Delivery Continous Integration] with container ready builds, it becomes scalable as per industry requirements.

Multiple Security Levels

If you are worried about the security of your IoT solution, then IoTSense is certainly an ideal choice. It offers three different security levels that always ensures that your data is secure and your system automation is always devoid of attacks. The security implemented within IoTSense provides data encryption authentication levels, different logs for auditing the system.

IoTSense certainly offers excellent benefits over reinventing the wheel by designing an IoT solution from scratch It offers smart data analytics and better control over your business environment.

Securing Your IoT Device Communication

2018-03-29T17:11:54+00:00

Today, there is increased fear and uncertainty surrounding the security of the IoT architecture. To help address this problem, some tech companies have come up with solutions that allow organizations to double-check the security of their IoT devices and the network enabling them.

The vulnerability of the Internet of Things (IoT) is there for all to see. The loopholes in the IoT infrastructure are no secret, increasing the fear and apprehensions of the companies implementing the Internet of Things. IoT is becoming an increasingly hot topic across many industries, propelling more and more connected devices to enter the market and be shared among users. Today, there are millions of connected devices and thus it can be easy to lose sight of the security of these devices.

With IoT networks and devices growing by the day, it is becoming increasingly important for organizations to choose IoT solutions with secured identity and functionality. Contrary to popular belief, encrypting messaging isn’t the only thing required to secure IoT device communication. Instead, the security needs to be extended to cover all stages of the communication. Following are some tips to secure your IoT device communication.

Don’t Connect Devices Unless Necessary

Before anything else, consider what functionality you require from an IoT device. Connecting a device to the internet just because you can do that is not a good enough reason to hook up a device. Before you connect a device to the internet, consider the potential benefits of doing so and what exactly can the connectivity bring you. If you connect every device that you can connect to the internet, then sooner or later, you will have a security problem.

Create Separate Networks

To enable visitors to enter your network without giving them access to networked devices or shared files, many wireless routers allow guest networking. This can work well for Internet of Things (IoT) devices having dubious security.

Create Strong Passwords and Have a Different Password for Each IoT Device

Picking strong passwords is extremely important when setting up IoT devices. It is also important to have a different password for each connected device. If you don’t do this, then all your devices will be at risk if the security of even one of your IoT devices is compromised. Avoid reusing passwords for device and use a password manager to keep track of your passwords.

Track and Assess Your Devices

For businesses, tracking the connected devices and monitoring the flow of traffic is crucial. To determine the level of access devices should have, you need to assess your IoT devices. This will enable you to keep the devices up to date and fully patched, safeguarding data end-to-end and preserving its integrity. A prerequisite for proper security is understanding the connected device and what they’re doing so make sure you do that.

If you’re concerned about the security and privacy of your IoT devices, then IoTSense has the perfect solution for you.

IoT On Blockchain – Who Owns the Data?

2018-03-29T17:07:15+00:00

What is blockchain? Why does everyone seem so interested in it? and what is relationship between Blockchain technology and the Internet of Things (IoT)?

What is Blockchain?

A peer to peer (P2P) distributed ledger, Blockchain is changing how the world performs financial transactions and interacts within the digital realm. A technology that is aiding the fight against cyber-threats faced by smart IoT based concepts such as smart cars, smart homes etc., blockchain is helping to significantly lower the cost and complexity of doing business.

Blockchain maintains a list of a data records that are cryptographically secured, continue to grow, and are made resistant to revision and tampering. Not only does this technology streamline business processes, it also helps establish transparency, accountability and trust. A technology currently employed to secure cryptocurrency transactions occurring over the internet between users, blockchain makes it easy for individuals and businesses to track and trade anything of value without involving a central authority or mediator.

Blockchain is a technology that shows great promise and one that presents individuals and businesses with exciting opportunities for the future. In recent years, there has a been a lot of interest and frenzy around blockchain. Let’s explore the reasons for it.

Why the Interest in Blockchain?

Unlike banks, blockchain puts the control of transactions in the hands of the public or the people performing them and this is perhaps the greatest lure of the technology. While it isn’t the be-all-and-end-all solution for the challenges facing the digital economy, blockchain is certainly playing a major role in securing and advancing the Internet of Things (IoT).

Mentioned by nearly all research companies as a rapidly evolving technology, blockchain is not limited in scope as most people wrongly believe. Instead, its scope goes far beyond cryptocurrencies or even financial services. A topic on the agenda for many companies, the use of blockchain for devices and systems enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly being considered for initiatives, solutions and implementations outside of financial services and cryptocurrency.

Understanding the Relationship Between Blockchain Technology and The Internet of Things (IoT)

Blockchain enables Internet of Things devices to be part of transactions. Today, it is possible for to  use information from IoT devices with a blockchain platform.

In the future, these devices will be able to verify or update smart contracts by communicating this to blockchain-based ledgers. This means that it would be possible to update the temperature and location information of an IoT connected item that moves along several distribution points on a blockchain in the future. This will make the sharing the status and information on items moving along the supply chain easier, which can only be a good thing for businesses.

 

By using IoT in conjunction with the blockchain technology, businesses can gain access to enormous amounts of valuable data that can benefit the bottom line. To get more information on this, get in touch with IoTSense today!

 

 

 

 

IoT: Cloud or Edge (Security Vs Simplicity)

2018-03-13T08:02:46+00:00

The Internet of Things (IoT) involves the creation of smart atmosphere around us, by using modern networks and the ability of sensors to share information with each other to automate various tasks. The latest technology in IoT solutions is edge computing, although most solutions available today use the conventional cloud computing with processing and data storage both occurring on datacenters.

Here, we compare them as technologies that place the concepts of security and simplicity against one another in IoT applications.

Cloud Computing (Security Vs Simplicity)

Cloud computing refers to using the large processing power of datacenters. Companies can choose to get services that do not have to be placed on local computers. Services, software elements and database storage can all be present on a remote resource and available to the clients over a dedicated network connection.

The problem with cloud computing is that currently, sensor devices do not enjoy a dedicated networking solution. They have to rely on crowded network connections to send information of IoT sensors to the cloud computing backbone. With standards like 5G and other low-power networks still under development, cloud computing solutions can often become difficult to create in environments, where the number of smart devices can get scaled.

The security of cloud computing is certainly better, when it is compared to onsite solutions. Since human intervention is not possible, IoT solutions that employ cloud computing can often use multiple security levels to ensure that information theft or damage is not a possibility anymore. Cloud computing is certainly an excellent choice with most solutions that are currently available. However, edge computing may offer improved security benefits.

Edge Computing (Security Vs Simplicity)

Edge computing refers to the processing of data in IoT solutions near the sensors. It is designed to reduce the workload of the datacenters and can significantly alter the required network resources to host a large set of smart devices. A key advantage of edge computing is the physical addition of security layers. It certainly offers the use of better authentication and eliminate the need for sending simplistic data over the public networks.

Each node in edge computing can also serve as authentication points. This eliminates the errors that are present in the transmitted data, as well as ensuring the security of the information, which is finally used to create the all-important data analytics. The hardware layer, the communication layer and then the cloud layer is involved with cloud computing. A good IoT solution now must have the security of edge computing.

Edge computing also brings simplicity, since it allows the automation of mundane tasks. There are no technical experts who are required to manage the system. This results in the creation of a simple system, which is easy to manage and can produce dedicated results. However, the simplicity is further enhanced, if a dedicated IoT solution like IoTSense provides an efficient data transfer mechanism.

Accelerate your IoT Implementation

2018-03-13T08:00:34+00:00

It is important that businesses understand that the time has come to accelerate IoT implementation. This will provide them numerous advantages and keep them competitive in the dynamic economy of the modern times. Here are some elements that explain the need for urgency:

The New Revolution

There is a new revolution around in terms of creating smart solutions and making sure that we can use the internet technology to improve all routine functions. An important concept in this regard is to increase your organizational efficiency and operate consistently at the optimum level. This requires your business to enhance constantly and look for avenues that provide any improvement.

Businesses must accelerate IoT implementation to work out how they can use its benefits in reducing their operational costs, add more functionality in their products and produce bundled deals that everyone likes in the modern economy. The switching is easy when you use IoTSense, which provides the revolutionary IoT options as a single package.

Transformation

Global businesses and companies that are present in different geographical locations need solutions that they can use on a universal scale. By accelerating your IoT implementation, you can ensure that all business offices can connect to one another and use the power of the big data that can be collected from all sources at once, with the use of a dynamic IoT solution..

Transformation is possible with a tool like IoTSense, which has the capacity to implement multiple sensor sources and networking equipment. It provides a transformation in your business, where you can make strong transactions and shift to global operations. With the availability of better information through IoT, modern businesses can make better decisions on the sop, and reduce the hierarchy issues.

Predictable Costs

When you accelerate your IoT implementation, you can quickly reach the equilibrium position where you have identified all your IoT needs and have established processes and technological elements that improve all facets of your business. With a top solution like IoTSense, your business can reduce its costs and gather more information.

This will give them the required advantage that they need to further perfect their product and services and perform better when facing tough competition. Good IoT solutions can even add customers to the feedback mechanism and allow businesses to improve their distribution, learn about the peak demands and implement improvement measures in the manufacturing unit.

New Services

If you accelerate your IoT implementation, you can quickly create a new business model where you may find that you are able to identify a new need of the customers and launch services that people want. This is possible because IoT tools can help you gather information and learn about the different performance aspects of your products and services, resulting in constantly improving customer satisfaction.

Is IoTA Good for IoT?

2018-03-07T05:58:19+00:00

The Internet of Things (IoT) involves the use of modern networks to provide sensor fusion and achieve better intelligence. The IoT concept also attempts to produce a smart environment around us, where it is possible to automate most of the tasks that we normally perform. A new technology which has emerged with regards to the blockchain technology is IoTA, which offers a distributed ledger technology. Here we first define IoTA and then discuss how it revolutionizes the current model of IoT services.

What is IoTA?

IoTA is a blockchain standard, which is different from the traditional network. It is present on a Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG), which provides the distributed data structure, which is required for keeping a record of sales. However, an amazing aspect is that since it allows the recording of services just like products, it is ideally designed to provide control, technology transfer and other benefits that IoT services require when connecting businesses with smart solutions.

How IoTA Impacts IoT?

The IoT services that are currently present are expanding. There is certainly a need for sharing resources in this industry, which can ultimately bring the costs of the IoT solutions down. It will also allow for greater information benefits, as well as provide the facility to constantly improve IoT-related service providers.

IoTA can certainly offer benefits for smart technologies. It allows companies to create their own B2B models, where they can use their technological services as items, which can be traded in an open market. With no fees involved, it can expand the potential of the current IoT solutions, as I0TA allows the use of inter-connectivity and the improvement of services based on shared technological solutions.

Blockless Ledger

The IoTA technology is powered using the Tangle, which is the distributed ledger that does not require any blocks. It is a scalable solution and can provide transfer of services without any applied fee structure. The consensus about the information of the services is decentralized but still works the same way, because it is coupled with the system during each step.

This allows this system to offer automation self-regulation, and the ability to deliver unmatched performance. The system constantly improves, when peer to peer networks communicate with each other and produce the intended benefits for IoT networks.

Device Trading

The most important benefit to IoT services is that IoTA provides the framework that allows devices to trade resources with each other. This is a great technique for empowering the overall capacity of the IoT solutions ,allowing businesses to make the best use of the available information. When different devices trade information through a distributed ledger, it produces an excellent record of the IoT data and provides an improved capacity to produce data analytics.

IoTA certainly works as a cryptocurrency mechanism for digital services that are offered using the cloud and edge computing solutions. It provides a solution designed for smart devices and services that have an enhanced need for performing the required communication.