There is now a shift happening towards a world where there will be billions of connected devices to the Internet. These connected devices can be in buildings, cars, manufacturing plants, or bridges. of course, there are sensors already today collecting data every second and transmitting them to systems in the backend. For example, temperature sensors on medicines that are shipped can ensure that any violation of allowable temperature range is detected to prevent health mishaps. So, what is the big deal now about the Internet of Things (IoT) you may ask.
Well, what makes the IoT exciting at this time is the sheer scale –we are talking billions of connected devices, and the converging technologies that have arrived which promise to transform business and our lives. On a personal front, we could be wearing monitors that sense our health parameters and alert us and our doctors about any impending health event. On the business side, we could have Machine to Machine (M2M) integration that can create new processes or enhance existing ones.
The question arises as to what are these new technologies that will give birth to the IoT? Also, what are the requirements to realize the Vision that we have for the IoT? First of all, devices at the edge need connectivity. Secondly, all data has to be securely transmitted to the backend systems. One has to ensure that these devices cannot be hacked. Scalability is key where the Cloud comes in. Then, very large volumes of data (Big Data) have to be stored. That is not enough–this data has to be analyzed in real time for predictable analytics. Action has to be taken on the analysis. Process Integration becomes key so that when a person has to take an action, it is triggered in an ERP, HR, or CRM system as the case may be.
Unvired has many of the components to enable the IoT. The Unvired Mobile Platform (UMP) allows for M2M communication. Data is transmitted securely from anything/device to any system. UMP encrypts all data for security purposes. UMP also has an Application Development Framework to rapidly build applications for IoT. UMP enables process integration with backend systems like SAP, Oracle, or CRM systems like Salesforce.com. UMP leverages the cloud for scalability and has an analytics app that can render data analytics visually for enhanced decision making.
Let the IoT games begin.