The Internet Of Things IoT is changing much about our everyday life. From the way we drive to the way we make purchases and even how we get energy for our homes. Sophisticated sensors and chips are embedded in the physical things that surround us, each transmitting valuable data.
This data helps us understand better how these things work and work together. But how exactly do these devices share large quantities of data and how do we put that information to work? Expert Geoffroy Stern helps us understand how IoT works.
The Internet Of Things platform
Whether we are improving the production of a factory, giving city residents real time updates on where to park, or monitoring our personal health, it’s the common Internet Of Things platform that brings diverse information together and provides the common language for the devices and apps to communicate with each other.
The process starts with the devices themselves which securely communicate with an Internet of Things IoT platform. Geoffroy Stern explains that this platform integrates the data from many devices and applies analytics to share the most valuable data with applications that address industry’s specific needs.
Life simplified with connected devices
Let us start with a simple example, a car: after taking a long roadtrip, you notice that your check engine light has come on. You know you need to have your car looked at by a mechanic but you are not sure if it is something minor on something that need immediate attention. As it turns out, the sensor that triggered your check engine light, monitors the pressure in your break line. This sensor is one of many monitoring processes throughout the car which are constantly communicating with each other.
A component in the car gathers all the data from these sensors them passes it to a gateway in the car. The gateway integrates and sorts the data. This way only the most relevant diagnostic information will be transmitted to the manufacturer’s platform. According to Geoffroy Stern, the manufacturer also uses the platform to create and manage applications that solve specific issues. In this case the manufacturer can deploy an application on the platform called the “asset management system”.
This application overseas all of their customers’ cars on the road as well as all the parts in their warehouses. It uses that data from your car to offer you a potential appointment time to service your car or directions to the nearest certified dealer.