What is IoT

Networking and the internet have come a very long way since the inception of the world wide web in the 1960s. I seriously doubt whether the people involved considered the state of networking to be where it is today. Implementation of networking capabilities has become so simple, it can easily be implemented into everyday objects. Items, where only a few years ago, people would never have dreamed of it being connected to the web. I’m talking refrigerators, cars, lightbulbs and even trashcans. Such is the birth of the Internet of Things or IoT.

Why is it important?

Why has this internet connected revolution occurred? For starters, it has exciting potential to make our lives easier. It can change our environment to get tasks done, like grocery shopping, make us more comfortable in our own homes or help an athlete reach their fullest potential. But more than that, it allows for people and businesses to gain insight into areas that never had the ability to be seen with a unique perspective.

A city filled with IoT devices can monitor parking space usage without the need for physical inspection. It can check when city trashcans are full and need to be changed. Even the areas that are wasting the most electricity can quickly be discovered. Businesses can see what elements of their cars are running the smoothest, and which areas need improvement. What types of terrain does their chief demographic drive on and where do they live?

IoT saves money and time by allowing budgets to be trimmed and schedules to be dynamic and efficient.

When it comes down to it, IoT saves us time by allowing menial and repetitive tasks to be automated and checked remotely, but it also saves money by allowing budgets to be trimmed and schedules to be dynamic and efficient. And all of this can be done from the simplicity of offices and homes. In this world of big data, and information flow, IoT is a chief provider.

With all this game changing potential, of course businesses are scrambling to make use of this newest trend and begin IoT initiatives of their own. “66% of businesses believe IoT is important to their current business, and over 90% believe it is important to their business future.” (Forbes Corporate Communications, 2018)1

The importance of monitoring IoT

While IoT has the potential to make business more productive, while also simplifying operations, establishing the IoT itself may not be so straight forward. There are multiple IT systems that are required for an IoT initiative to function. You have the sensors or objects themselves, wireless communications, networking and cloud systems, data storage, and more. As the IoT expands, the accompanying IT stack must expand with it.

With more and more complexity being added to the IT systems of a business, increasingly more points of failure are going to be introduced. “66% include external vendors, 81% use a third-party platform as the basis for their IoT operations.” (Forbes Corporate Communications, 2018)1 It is vital that not only are the IoT objects being monitored, but the supporting equipment as well. The IoT may be the edge of computing technology, but it is still susceptible to the same drawbacks as traditional computing devices. Temperature, storage, over usage, and especially hacking and security breaches are still very much areas of concern.

DataMAPt is a remote cloud object management tool, or RCOM . It can monitor new objects as they are created, including IoT.

Traditional monitoring tools are adept at keeping an eye on traditional infrastructure. DataMAPt is not your traditional RMM tool. DataMAPt is a remote cloud object management tool, or RCOM. It can monitor new objects as they are created, including IoT. DataMAPt has a unique modular design which allows for it to be the monitoring of the future. New objects can be added in minutes, and if the object has the capability to be monitored, it will be. To learn a little more about how DataMAPt can monitor new objects so easily, check out IoT – Database Doesn’t Discriminate

In the effort to save, and make money by utilizing the IoT, don’t be caught off guard by infrastructure issues, and end up spending more than intended. Monitor the entire infrastructure, now including seemingly random everyday objects, and be proactive about issues.