An IoT platform is a set of multi-layered technological entities that includes software services, systems, and smart physical objects, all connected and working together. IoT platforms serve as a meeting point by integrating multiple devices, and thereby enables the management, provisioning, and automation of all the smart and connected devices in an IoT infrastructure. If such a common “meeting point” were to not exist, it would result in an IoT environment being unable to operate, as all the different technologies from the various vendors would not have a platform or base for their integration. By using security mechanisms, data processing powers, and flexible connectivity options, the IoT platform connects the hardware (sensors or devices) to the cloud, and allows the process of amalgamation.
Benefits of IoT platforms:
- Performance insights: By collecting, visualizing and analyzing the data that the hardware gathers, IoT platforms help provide performance insights over a period of time. These platforms integrate multiple features and capabilities by serving as a middleware, thereby developing applications that aid in overcoming IoT issues in a faster, better and more cost-efficient manner.
- Security: IoT platforms can be utilized to collect data from various devices and generate alerts in the case of thresholds. They play a crucial role in security and provide a common agreement between the clients and service providers that storing and processing of the IoT data can be kept secure due to the possibility of software and firmware updates, and the 24/7 monitoring services offered by some platform providers.
- Cost efficient: Iot platforms are seen to be very helpful when looking at it from a monetary lens. By cutting down the up-front costs, the IoT platforms provide a flexible pricing scheme which is based on the amount of usage. This allows businesses to predict costs easily.
In conclusion, IoT platforms allow businesses to reduce their costs, lower their launch time and accelerate their processes. The platform helps facilitate data flow, device management, and the communication of applications.They help build IoT systems by making it cheaper and easier to use for users, developers and businesses.
The dashboard, or the IoT dashboard is what makes information readable and understandable to the users. It is the component that organizes and presents the digital information onto a computer or mobile device in a simple and understandable manner. Businesses, users and companies are coming to the realization that they can be more efficient with the use of their resources and are able to provide more value to their customers by being able to remotely monitor equipment with IoT dashboards. With the assistance of IoT Dashboards; operators and users can monitor and manage specific processes and strategies, and they can control and access an environment from any corner of the world.
Benefits of IoT Dashboards:
- Real-time performance data: IoT dashboards provide users with a magnitude of benefits. By using just a URL, IoT dashboards can be accessed from anywhere in the world, at any given time, on any browser or mobile application. This is hugely advantageous to the users as it allows them to react to any problems or changes and come up with real-time decisions.
- Effectual monitoring and control of physical assets: By utilizing sensors and other devices, an IoT dashboard effectively summarizes, visualizes and displays data to the users. This can be presented in the form of tables, graphs, charts etc.
- Insights provided by historical data and analytics: Data is useful for businesses or any user that wants to find solutions to problems, find patterns, or to help them make better decisions. Most IoT dashboards provide access to data logs. This can be used to extract historical data and insights from data over periods of time, which can then be analyzed. Looking at this from an individual user’s perspective, for example, a fitness tracker has an IoT dashboard specific to it, which provides its user with data such as “miles covered”, “total calories burned”, “steps climbed” etc.
In conclusion, apart from being just an enterprise software, dashboards also have the additional complexity of being the point of integration for IoT devices; and have to be able to change scale as additional devices become integrated within the same system. With IoT automating our homes, cities and life as a whole, IoT dashboards aid in delivering insights from crucial data that will help better utilize resources, cut costs and improve efficiency.Learn more about our IoT Platforms and Dashboard Development Services