In this episode of My TechDecisions Podcast, host and TD Managing Editor Jonathan Blackwood interviews Michael Skurla, Director of Product Strategy for BitBox USA, about Internet of Things (IoT) platforms and their benefits in commercial environments.
In the age of Internet of Things, devices that were once completely analog are now connected to the network. Sensors on manufacturing floors, lighting and shading systems, digital displays, VoIP phones, accessories to systems like microphones and cameras for videoconferencing suites – these are just some examples of connected devices that live in the IoT world. In general, if you wish, you could connect almost any device to the network.
One of the major reasons for connecting these devices to the network is gathering data. Every one of these devices picks up information as a result of its connected nature. Data on a lighting system would include the amount of time they stay on, what times they are turned on and off, and energy usage rates for that time. Digital displays can do the same. Sensors gather data intrinsically – measuring levels in manufacturing vats, for example – and connected devices can store that information.
If you’ve got a number of IoT devices, then you’ve got a large amount of data. That’s where an IoT platform comes in handy. An IoT platform can collect and organize that data, analyze it, and deliver insights based on what the IoT devices are learning. Depending on the API, the platform will show graphs, tables, etc., that show the analysis in easily digestible ways. The amount of time lights are on a huddle room, for example – often enough and you might decide to create more spaces like it, while not often might make you decide to repurpose the room.
That’s one example of many. Michael explains all kinds of potential use cases for IoT devices, and how IoT platforms are needed to digest that information. Anyone that wants to learn more about how to best utilize IoT devices should give this interview a listen.
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