How to choose a cloud IoT platform

IoT the Internet of Things is currently one of the most hyped concepts in the computing globe. Cloud IoT platforms may even exceed IoT on the hype layer. Nevertheless both have real applications and could befit significant to your business. In this article well mark IoT and cloud IoT platforms without too much technical detail then debate what you need from a cloud IoT platform and how to select one.

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The single exposition of IoT is that it is natural things connected to the internet. These things can have sensors that measure different parameters and send their data over the internet typically back to a distant or ’edge’ server located in the same geography. Internet things can also take directions via the internet and act on them. Most usefully the natural things that make up IoT might both send measurements and take instructions.

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For sample a ’keen’ internet-connected soil dampness sensor could report its readings periodically and whenever the soil in a field was too dry an internet-connected water valve could open. When the soil dampness was equal the valve would close.

The dampness sensor and the water valve might be connected to the same ’edge computing’ artifice or node that talks to the internet or they might be connected to different nodes since many soil dampness sensors are likely to be used for a big field while only one centralized irrigation method would be needed for each field.