Internet of Things – Isn’t this whole world already having enough of it, almost creating hype?
Apparently, there are almost 125 IOT platforms available in the merchandise and probably increasing every month. The perplexing part is that it all is turning out to form nothing but chaos. Not even a single territory has been conquered entirely with the help of IOT and with the increasing number of domains, it is getting sceptic day by day.
WHAT DOES PLATFORM MEAN ANYWAY?
Every domain and sector have its own list of unsolved problems which tend to remain hidden at the beginning and pop up later while functioning. So, a platform is latently expected to solve all those tough problems and that too in a manner which increases the level and extent of the functionality of all the subdomains or applications existing within it.
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As the name suggests, IOT Platform is nothing but that platform capable of solving all those problems which are related to Internet of Things.
The platform can be potentially divided into two:
1. Cloud/Internet Platform.
2. Thing Platform.
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1) CLOUD PLATFORM:
The ‘platforms’ are primarily ‘CLOUD PLATFORMS’, where the cloud comes from “Internet” of Internet of Things. And these cloud platforms solves all the kerbs and limitations in relation to the cloud or the internet, for example, data analysis, congestion, ingestion and decision making. Solutions to all these problems are in the direction to its maturity which is why it becomes crucial. It isn’t as easy as it seems. The solutions to these problems tend to get difficult and futile because of the problems existing beneath the cloud – the ‘THING’ problems.
2) THING PLATFORM:
The entire cloud platform is deployed and based on the way data centre environment is handled. But the complications arise because of the fact that the ‘thing’ in Internet of Things keeps changing the environment substantially. Even with the abundant power supply, compute resources, rich bandwidth networking and ample packet transfer, the ‘Things’ often run out with resources, power, carry poor networking and often don’t work on definitive and dependable IP Protocols like TCP. What adds to the mess is the location where the ‘Things’ are placed, often undesirable.
Both of the above platforms generate a cosmic set of hard problems which should conveniently possess common solutions in order to direct IOT towards maturity.