Vision and Volume: Managing the Internet of Things

With the prevalence of IoT in the consumer space, the average person is already experiencing the ability to connect ‘things’ with the internet. Now it’s the turn of businesses. The power of IoT devices gives organisations new opportunities to take advantage of data and prepare for the availability of even more in the future.

How we manage systems, store data and enable machine-to-machine communication will make or break for businesses looking to make the most of the IoT. IoT needs a solution to manage and monitor the infrastructure between the data centre and the devices, commonly known as the Operational Technology (OT). So far this infrastructure is either vastly unmanaged or operations is forced to use a heterogeneous stack of management components creating unnecessary complexity. For example, a single connected car produces around 100 gigabytes of data every hour, offering real insight into driving habits, travel patterns and congestion, vehicle performance and consumer behavior. Rapid analysis of this data could help streamline production, improve automotive design and contribute to the car of the future.

To make the most of this data, it needs to be stored, managed and channelled at speed to fully exploit information in real-time. To tackle this, businesses must focus their attention on the role cloud, security and mobile technologies play and Matthias can bring this to life via the following innovative use cases:

Smart Cities

  • A City in Germany wanted to optimize the routing of street cleaning machines
  • VMware helped it to collect data from the machines which, in turn, were turned into data points on a dirt heatmap
  • Using this heatmap the city now can route the machines more effectively helping to become a cleaner city

Public transport – improving efficiency with IoT:

  • A train operator was using an old-fashioned signalling system to advise drivers when it was safe for a train to leave the station. If the driver missed the signal, the time lag between the next notification mean that time was being lost across the network
  • The operator wanted to introduce a new system, which created a gateway to the data centre to send real-time updates to the drivers’ mobile phone
  • For this to run effectively and safely, the technology needs to be constantly monitored. It also needed careful integration with existing infrastructure

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