Nowadays, you hear IoT everywhere. Even though the concept may seem difficult, in fact it is quite simple: Internet of Things is about connecting anything to the internet. Check this first post of the Learning series: Introduction to IoT. We will breakdown the concept a little bit to ensure you can understand it and start mastering it.

Introduction to IoT

According to recent studies, it is expected to have 500 billions of connected devices by 2030.

Firstly, those devices extract data from the real world and send it to the internet. Secondly, a system analyzes the data and the end user access it.

But how can that be achieved? In short, because IoT is the perfect combination between hardware and software.

There are many architectures depending on how the devices connect to the network, where the data processing occurs, etc. But essentially, any IoT system conforms at least three fundamental building blocks:

SENSORS

The essence of any internet connected thing. They will gather the data.

NETWORKS

A communication protocol that will transfer the data to the processing module.

DATA PROCESSING

What will generate the insights and provide useful information to the end user.

This is just the starting point. According to system needs, complexity will be different. For example, if someone needs to access those insights, the system needs a data visualization module.

Example of Industrial IoT applications

At cloudsensing, our focus is Industrial IoT (IIoT), and our mission is to democratize it. Because Industral processes generate plenty of data, it is our objective to take profit of it and improve the efficiency of the industry. Here are some example applications of IIoT:

Energy

Natural resources are finite, so consumption needs to be reduced and controlled. IoT helps monitoring the energy cycle, both on the consumer level and in the generation and transportation stage.

cloudsensing IoT for the energy industry
cloudsensing CoSMoS concrete strength monitoring system IoT

Construction

BIM is a trend now in the industry, and when you add the 4th dimension to the equation (time) things start to become more efficient. Processes like concrete strengthening (have you seen our CoSMoS solution?) and structural health can be monitored.

Agriculture

An increased population supposes feeding challenges. Land use needs to be optimized, and by gathering data on crops growth, efficiency of plantations is increased, providing higher throughput with lower resources.

cloudsensing Agriculture sensors

Applications are endless. So if you have industrial processes where you are not yet using data, contact us now. We can develop a solution adapted to your business.

Have you enjoyed this first post Introduction to IoT? Stay tuned to the next publications in the Learning series. We are writing more amazing content and tutorials. We will go through LPWAN networks, cloud computing and how can Artificial Intelligence provide added value.