Internet of Things (IoT) is a new trend. Smart devices of all sorts connected to the internet, networked with each other and directly into the reality of our lives. Experts estimate that there will be nearly 40 billion (yes 40 000 000 000) new smart devices entering our lives in the next 5 or so years. That’s on top of the existing 25 billion devices currently on the market. We ought to take notice of one of the most major trends in the technology industry!

Introduction:

IoT devices are small devices, connected to the internet, that serve specific purposes such as measuring temperature, movement, GPS location and many others. What makes IoT so exciting to business is that the device is cost effective enough to deploy in the thousands per application and the connectivity is highly available. Another incredibly exciting aspect of these devices is their phenomenally long battery life which gives businesses autonomous functionality.

Our Approach

Internet of Things requires a dramatically new way of looking at devices. Existing hardware only partially works in a true IoT environment because it was never designed to be in a fully connected environment while simultaneously remaining fully autonomous. Simple limitations like battery life or continuous mobile connectivity seem to become insurmountable when in reality if the device is designed with those challenges in mind they can be overcome easier.

We approach our solutions to say “what is the least complex” solution we can come up with. In so doing we remove a great deal of hardware and software clutter, increase the battery life and reduce the total cost of the implementation while making it very simple to continuously maintain.

How it all works

IoT comprises of three components

  1. A device
  2. Connectivity
  3. Platform to receive and manage the data

Devices
Devices come in many shapes and forms however at their heart they comprise of various components to achieve functionality. GPS, temperature, humidity, movement, accelerometer, pressure, air quality, water monitor, electricity monitor etc…

The dynamic functionality of the device is where the real power of IoT shines. While the underlying technology remains partially static, it’s cost allows for it to be deployed in a massive number of different environments. Successful deployments go from gas bottles in residential houses to factories wanting to keep track of their assets to shipping companies tracking the number of loads they have done.

Connectivity
One of the beauties of IoT technology is how dynamically it can get connectivity. Opensource base stations, Bluetooth, wifi, gsm or Sigfox. Although the best connectivity benefit is the extraordinarily low data usage costs. The devices send through the absolute minimum amount of data allowing in some cases up to 10 000 devices to be connected to a single base station spanning kilometres. The base station needs a miniscule internet line.

Platform
Once the data is received by the backend systems the real smart work can begin. Essentially the brains behind the IoT device sits in the platform. The platform transforms the device data into functional usable data. Since the backend data is a separated process to the device function you can design you platform to both track assets outside a specific area, or keep them inside a specific area – and it all really depends on what you need.

Implementation
Off the shelf style solutions are easy and quick. Devices and platforms already exist for your specific requirement.

Off the shelf devices that require a customised platform or the data sent through an api for internal software development

Fully bespoke solution for when devices aren’t currently available. We can develop the solution from the ground up ensure that 100% of your requirements are met from a hardware and software viewpoint.

How we work

We offer IoT solutions from end to end. Our preference is to identify suitable existing components however we are also able to fully customise solutions to meet your niche. Contact us on 010 007 1717 or info@techthrive.co.za and we will help you find solutions that work for your business.