The population of M2M devices is on the increase, with far-reaching consequences. If managing corporate IT used to be comparable to rearing tame guinea pigs, in the Internet of Things era we are talking about an entire zoo. It is no longer just a matter of managing desktop armadas and a few servers. All of the objects and sites of corporate activity are connected, be it by temperature control in the cold store, smart heating thermostats in the office, and the use of RFID in warehouses or of GPS tracking devices in delivery vehicles.
The more M2M solutions find their way into everyday business activities, the greater the administrative effort and expense for devices, users, and data. How, for example, can measurements taken by different devices be connected and integrated into the company’s existing IT? How can solution provider speed up the development process so as to launch their solutions as swiftly as possible in a highly dynamic market? For the answers, look to next-generation cloud-based management platforms.
One Common Language
All M2M/IoT platforms share a common idea. It basically involves converting device-specific data into a device-independent format. The cold store must be able to chat with the delivery vehicle and the street light to converse with the display on the facade. An Esperanto of machines is what is needed.