An OEM Perspective
Today we will be discussing three main topics within the IoT world and debunking myths that have been associated with them when implementing IoT to make your original equipment smart. The three topics are:
- Cloud providers: Small Vs Large
- The Future of Industry 4.0: The Edge or Cloud Computing?
- Connectivity: 2G, 3G, or 5G?
Let’s jump right into it:
Myth 1: Don’t Choose a Big Cloud Service
There is a misconception that big cloud service providers cannot deliver a custom package that can run your specific IoT program. This is, in the majority of the time not accurate. Most cloud service providers sell their services based in the AWS/Microsoft AZURE platforms, and are using the best-in practice security protocols.
When selecting a cloud service provider, big or small, the main question you should be asking yourself is are you going to have your data separated in a database, is it going to be combined with several other companies?
Myth 2: The Future of Industry 4.0: Everything Needs to be Computed on the Edge
Ok, first off what is Edge and Cloud Computing?
Edge computing is any program or computing that is done on the actual device, where a single actionable piece of data is being transmitted to your cloud-based visualization platform. Cloud computing is the opposite to where all computing is done in the cloud and the device is sending all data to the cloud.
Pursuing edge computing or cloud computing can significantly impact your data rate charges and how complex your algorithms are for data crunching.
For example, simple singular sensor trending and alarm triggers for push notifications such as temperature or pressure can all happen in the cloud because the amount of data needed to be transmitted in minimal.
Now if you are doing any type of vibration analysis, your device needs to have a fair amount of edge computing unless you want to be charged an arm and a leg for data storage/transmission. Any IoT integration company can help guide you on this topic.
Myth 3: 2G and 3G are Dead, the Future of IoT is 5G
2G and 3G has a place in IoT and lives for devices usually dependent on cellular/satellite connections for outdoor and remote mobile deployments, such as: smart streetlights, smart city applications, oil field application and mobile vehicles.
This has to do with the amount and type of data you’re providing to your end user’s experience as well as the location of the device.
To say “2G and 3G are dead” is simply not true, all will have a function and space they occupy.
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