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IoT Data Monitoring

Written by Contributor, on 16th May 2017. Posted in General

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To understand IoT data monitoring, you first need to have an understanding of what the IoT actually is. According to Forbes, it is the idea that concerns connecting any sort of device that can be turned on or off to the Internet. These devices can then talk to applications, each other, or us. A popular example is a smart fridge. What would it be like if your refrigerator could tell you that you need milk? It could send you a text message if the internal cameras noticed that the milk was out of date or if there was no milk at all.   

This is about more than simply connected appliances and smart homes. It can be scaled up to create entire smart cities. Think about things like traffic signals that are connected and monitor the use of utilities, smart trash bins that can signal when they are ready to be emptied, an entire industry that is complete with connected sensors that do everything from tracking a part to monitoring the local crops.

IoT Data Monitoring

So, what happens with all of the data that is being collected on the IoT from all of these smart devices? How can it be used? Enter Fathym. Before IoT solutions like the ones made by this innovative company, all of the data that was collected from all of these devices in a business would have to be sifted through by hand. Then it would have to be correlated and put in some sort of usable order to see if there was any sort of action that should be taken as a result. Imagine the time and energy that would expend. 

With IoT data monitoring, all of the information will be sent to a data center. All of this forensic information will be connected and turned into data of a preventive measure that will allow you to take any necessary actions before there are any sort of issues.   

Safety

With all of these devices that are connected and all of the information that is being gathered and shared, what about safety from data breaches? Everything that is shiny and new has its own downsides. With regard to IoT, those downsides happen to be privacy and security. All of these systems and devices tend to collect quite an astonishing amount of data of the personal nature about people. They know when you are at home and even which of your electronics you happen to be using when you happen to be in your home. This data gets shared with other devices and then held by companies in databases.

There are experts in security who argue that there isn’t enough being done in order to integrate privacy and security into IoT right now. To prove this, they have actually hacked things like smart fridges, automated lighting, and even baby monitors. They have done it on a larger scale too, by hacking things like traffic signals. 

There are some people trying to make these things more secure though. One of these is a tech start – up by the name of Thingbook.io. This is a tech company based in Ireland that will actually use AI to fight against cybercrime.  They address the poor implementation of security with an AI solution that was designed to mitigate both the onslaught and risk of attacks on the IoT.

IoT and Businesses

Do you think that the IoT will affect your business or work? This will depend on the specific industry. When it comes to IoT, right now, manufacturing seems to be the furthest ahead. This is because of its usefulness in organizing people, machines, and tools, and keeping track of where each of them happens to be. There are some farmers too, who have been using a system of connected sensors to monitor things like cattle and crops, in an effort to boost efficiency and productions, and to track the health of their livestock. 

10 years from now, we could be in a world where everything is connected, or maybe it will only be parts of it that have specific benefits, like smart meters. The point is that IoT is here and real, but what it will become in the future is entirely uncertain. However, there are business that have been formed to make it more useful to us. 

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