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What Is an IoT Platform?

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What Is an IoT Platform?

This article is a look at how your business can profit from the Internet of Things, and what software you need to make it happen.

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We have spoken about, how your business can profit from the Internet of Things, and now we are going to take a first look at the software that can make this happen.

An IoT platform is essentially what makes IoT happen for your device. It is the application that connects it with the cloud and the corresponding output device. Here’s an illustration using, Cesanta’s IoT platform.

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IoT Platform

The components that you see here are:

Hardware

This is on the far left and is your device. Typically there is a microcontroller with wireless connectivity that holds the application.

Hub Level

Moving on to the right, the Hub Level is the software that facilitates the connection with the cloud. Typically, it is a bridge between the IP-connected cloud non-IP-connected device.

Cloud Level

The cloud is where the data is sent from your device and where it should be formatted for output (graphs etc). It also facilitates remote device management and removes software updates.

3rd Party Applications

When we arrive at the far right, we have the 3rd party application where the output should be sent. This can be a mobile app or your internal systems amongst other things. This is where the data is sent.

The IoT platform ensures that the communication between your device and the output works, that data is collected and formatted correctly and functions such as remote updates and access are facilitated.

There are other components to consider such as security features, connectivity choices (WiFi, Bluetooth, etc), etc. For now, we are going to keep it topline so you get the foundation of what an IoT platform consists of.


Further Reading

The Best IoT Platforms Today

Comparing 11 IoT Development Platforms

The Best IoT Platforms in 2019 — Based on Customer Reviews

Topics:
iot ,iot development ,platform services

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