While designing and developing your IoT solution, there are a few architecture considerations for IoT platform that have an integral role in ensuring that your solution is a success.
All IoT platforms need to understand potential security threats and address them to ensure that your data or that of your customers, isn’t compromised. The challenge is to secure both data and communication channels since devices may send large amounts of sensitive data and end users of IoT applications may also have the ability to directly control a device. Even though many services encrypt data once it gets to their data center, it should be noted that in many ways data is more vulnerable when it’s in transit.
As your business grows, your platform needs to be able to scale with it, without compromising the integrity, security, reliability, and functionality of your solution along the way. Prior to cloud platforms, IT departments would procure additional hardware and maintain underutilised capacity in order to handle the increasing growth of data emitted by devices (i.e. telemetry). With IoT, an organisation is challenged with managing, monitoring, and securing the warehouse of data as the data set grows. An inherent requirement for IoT platform is to be designed to scale horizontally - adding more servers and capacity rather than upgrading the existing ones. For example, in that way WolkAbout IoT Platform can manage billions of transactions in real-time and at the global scale. Its scalable architecture is configurable to any industrial environment. From small to huge, WolkAbout IoT Platform can handle any scale of IoT implementation and offers extremely high availability and robustness.
Another basic requirement for an IoT platform is to be stable and dependable from services perspective, i.e. to provide typical failover and disaster recovery solutions. It is difficult to trust the data if the connections are spotty, the platform is unreliable, or data processing is time-consuming.
IoT platforms should be communicable, operable, and programmable across devices, regardless of make, model, manufacturer, or industry. The vision is that connectivity between things works no matter which hardware is used. With support for any protocol, WolkAbout IoT Platform provides interoperability and a future-proof guarantee that new protocols will be supported and easily integrated. Competitive advantage can be achieved by a broad set of tools that promote interoperability throughout the IoT solution and among a heterogeneous mix of devices.
Modularity is very important during the implementation of the IoT solution since it enables quick deployment of an IoT platform in a number of ways in order to meet specific business requirements. For example, WolkAbout IoT Platform follows the concept of modules - logical and operational parts with their own functional roles. Of course, only some of the typical characteristics have been discussed above. There are varieties of platforms providing domain specific characteristics also, those unique to the industry or even to the end application.The ability to integrate key characteristics mentioned in this blog post, and then customise them in ways that make sense for your IoT solution, will make the difference between the platform of your choice and the others. WolkAbout IoT Platform is designed to be the future-proof core of your IoT solution, both in terms of connecting things to the Internet – reliably, securely, cost effectively and at scale – and in terms of delivering the backing application logic for value-added services. By using the WolkAbout IoT Platform, companies are able to build flexible and interoperable solutions that can scale to meet exponential device growth, with an ability to manage cost, while building on top of extremely secure computing infrastructure.