Are we ready for the Internet of Things?
With all the hype around the Internet of Things, you would think that every technology provider is a contender looking to grab market share. However, the reality is that only eight per cent of channel firms in the UK and across EMEA are active in the Internet of Things (IoT) market, as found by a report by IT channel database firm CompuBase.
In reality our lives are already pretty “smart” … our smartphones can do more than we ever thought possible, appliances around the home can be controlled whilst we are on the go and developments in augmented reality and wearable devices are changing the way we go about everyday tasks.
But what does all this mean? Where does it end? Well the answer is that we aren’t sure...the possibilities are endless. Every day new technologies are being pushed out to market whilst in the background millions of other concepts are being tested. It is when these technologies combine to meet real consumer needs that the magic happens.
What is the Internet of Things?
The Internet of Things will mean different things to different people. Our interpretation at Pinacl is that the Internet of Things (IoT) consists of connecting everyday objects – physical devices, vehicles, buildings, wearable technology etc. with embedded electronics, software, sensors allowing them to send and receive data. Assembling all this data allows for intelligent decisions to be made either by humans or by machines against pre-set rules. IoT is an enabler for change and can allow systems and devices to intelligently talk to each other in real time. The latest development is that the sensor devices are very low powered which allows them to be deployed anywhere and operate on batteries for several years.
IoT provides the opportunity to build intelligent systems, that can draw information from a range of disparate sources, providing the ability to offer a wider range of innovative operational modes, based on specific circumstances. For example, an IoT enabled street lighting system would be able to intelligently dim or switch on/off lighting based on localised environmental and presence information. Cities currently investing in replacing legacy streetlights with new low powered LED lamps should take that additional step and make these intelligent by IoT enabling them, delivering additional options and lowering costs further.
With technologies now readily available, the Internet of Things becomes a reality with many organisations already implementing IoT deployments. To successfully implement IoT initiatives it is crucial to have a resilient and futureproof backbone in place which we explore in our previous IoT blog.
What is LoRaWAN?
Let’s now consider wireless technology and the role it plays in the world of the IoT. Wireless is an enabler and accelerator for IoT and is a vital component of any solution going forward.
This is not necessarily the “wireless” that we all know and love (our savior when our mobile data is close to exceeding the limit). Have you heard of LoRaWAN? We do. In fact, it is already engrained into what we offer at Pinacl.
A LoRaWAN™ is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification is intended for wireless battery operated sensors and devices in a regional, national or global network. LoRaWAN targets key requirements of the Internet of Things such as secure bi-directional communication, mobility and localisation services. The LoRaWAN specification provides seamless interoperability among smart sensors and devices without the need of complex local installations and gives back the freedom to the user, developer, businesses enabling the roll out of Internet of Things.
LoRaWAN provides long range, low speed communication between sensors which results in fewer base stations being deployed compared to WLAN, cellular and mobile networks. LoRaWAN supports the fast, secure and cost effective deployment of Internet of Things smart applications across an area where large distances are involved. So, in simple terms it is:
- A network requiring less physical hardware to deploy and power
- Able to reliably support smart applications
- A seamless interaction between smart sensors and devices
- Secure and resilient
There is no doubt that the Internet of Things will change the way we live. So, are you ready to start an IoT project? The first thing on your agenda should be looking at how you will design, install and support all of the smart initiatives that you wish to deploy.
Pinacl can help
Pinacl will work with you at all stages of your IoT journey and can offer support based on over 33 years of the technology evolution experience. We are one of only eight percent of UK/EMEA resellers who are already installing IoT solutions across the UK and believe IoT is all about the art of the possible. We can help YOU identify the need, then use technology to address that need, not the other way around.
If you would like to chat to us about all things IoT then please call us on 01745 535388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be more than happy to help.
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