The Gateway to Unified IoT
The next technology revolution will be remembered as the ‘Internet of Things’ era, with 1 trillion devices being connected to the Internet over the coming years. The IoT unifies all types of devices into a global network of distributed intelligence that opens up a new world of innovation and creativity. Many organizations are already reaping significant benefits by harnessing the data created by large-scale IoT deployments to pursue new opportunities and improve operations through new-found insights.
According to IHS Markit, IoT will comprise as many as 125 billion connected things by 2030 with growth in different verticals, spanning across Manufacturing, Transportation, Utilities, Retail, Smart Cities with Use cases such as Asset Tracking, Cold Chain Solutions, Smart Metering, Fleet Management etc.
But the prospect of efficiencies and insights are tempered by the challenges of managing a growing estate of diverse deployed devices. These broader issues include:
• Connectivity Management of deployed devices at scale can become a complex task when deployed across multiple regions and protocols.
• Data Management issues such as silos of data, data preparation and data integration across heterogeneous devices are often cited as the key obstacles to a digital transformation.
• Managing devices throughout their lifecycle requires secure provisioning, over the air (OTA) updates and secure decommissioning. Each of these tasks requires distinct tactics to maintain the functionality and security of an IoT estate.
The common thread that runs throughout these obstacles is diversity, which introduces complexity. An IoT estate can comprise of many devices, running on different protocols, memory footprints and at different stages in their operational life, making it hard to manage an estate effectively. The impact of device diversity tends to manifest in four key areas:
A. The challenge of retrofitting and onboarding legacy and ultra-constrained devices
B. The complexity of managing a gateway and the end devices it connects to
C. The demand for edge processing and compute capability, allowing data to pass upstream, saving network bandwidth and cost
D. The demand for 'chip to data security' that ensures the data that decisions are based upon are trusted
Which is why we’ve designed the Pelion Edge Gateway to sit where cloud, controllers and the end devices intersect and act as the traffic cop that orchestrates a busy intersection. It provides organizations with the ability to execute various functions ranging from Protocol Translation, Application Deployments, Onboard Processing, Updates, Management and Security. Our on-demand webinar details how Pelion Edge sustains an intelligent gateway that can streamline IoT complexity:
Part 1: Gateway Local Management
Our webinar outlines how Pelion Edge provides the same level of support provided to other endpoints including onboarding, first-to-claim, gateway firmware update, and resource management (read/write/observe). We will then explain how the Pelion Gateway Manager App makes it all the easier to manage the Gateway and the End Devices.
Part 2: Connecting Non-IP and Legacy Devices to the Cloud with Multi-Protocol Support
The current IoT landscape has a vast number of legacy and brown-field disparate devices with a lifespan anywhere between 10 and 20 years. We will outline how to connect a large population of non-IP endpoints that have already been deployed in a bid to capitalize upon the IoT gold rush. For example, in smart buildings we have seen diverse endpoints that use ZigBee for lighting, BACnet for HVAC control and Modbus for Thermostats. Our webinar details how protocol translation functionality provided by Pelion Edge bridges these non-IP enabled devices to communicate over IP networks. This enables these devices to be onboarded, controlled, and managed from Pelion Cloud.
Part 3: Edge Compute and Application Deployment
Data aggregation is overwhelming with a vast number of devices churning out huge volumes of data. Which is why our webinar introduces compute capabilities that are closer to the Edge, helping reduce network latency and bandwidth and ensure services and operations are not impacted even with intermittent cloud connectivity. As a side note, we are working on the ability to deploy applications at the Edge through Containers. This provides customers an opportunity to focus on custom applications specific to their vertical, and leverage API’s to deploy their images.
Check out the webinar recording, which also addresses security, board support, protocols and upcoming features.