The Internet of Things allows users to connect to, communicate with and manage various separate devices. An effective IoT platform facilitates this interconnectivity in a seamless way by acting as the link between machines, applications, devices and people.
Though all IoT platforms work in similar ways, they are far from created equal. There are various capabilities, levels and features available depending on the unique objectives of the organization and its end users. As such, organizations must carefully evaluate the following key components of an Internet of Things platform to ensure that their connectivity needs are met today and in the future.
With data breaches more prevalent than ever, security is one of the most important factors to consider when selecting an IoT platform. For maximum data security, all connected devices and applications need to be authenticated with end-to-end security mechanisms to ensure that the organization and end users are protected from unauthorized access.
Additionally, enterprises should look for a platform that features end-to-end data encryption so that data is protected at rest and in transit – when it’s most vulnerable to theft. And finally, the Internet of Things platform should deliver regular security updates and demonstrate a commitment to ensuring that consumers fully understand their IoT security architecture.
When an Internet of Things platform features real-time analytics, it contextualizes and visualizes data as it flows through the system. This enables organizations to effectively monitor their devices; understand performance, usage patterns and availability; and proactively identify privacy issues and insecure conditions. In other words, real-time analytics give the consumer the power to manage devices and ensure both security and performance as efficiently as possible.
Enterprises and municipalities often work with several agencies that may all be working in isolation and only focusing on their own vertical needs. This can create a fragmented and inefficient model for operations and development with each vertical creating their own custom solutions. A horizontal management approach creates a common platform to bring together the IoT ecosystem across all verticals. A horizontal management IoT platform allows organizations to cover connectivity, data collection, analytics, business application development and to of device and service management.
And finally, an ideal Internet of Things platform needs to offer scalability solutions. To meet an organization’s needs today and in the future, it needs to be able to handle a massive number of devices, as well as ensure security, reliability and performance as the number of connected things increases.