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IoT's great divorce: Decoupling data from device


5 Jan, 2017 11:45 am

The huge variety of systems currently used by IoT devices is holding back the potential impact of big data analysis on companies' business practices. Companies are struggling to gather data from connected devices and transfer it to the cloud or data centres for analysis. However, software designers are seeking to create universal tools, which enable companies to use one program to extract data from a variety of devices. One such firm is VMware, whose product Liota (Little IoT Agent), is a vendor-neutral open source software development kit (SDK) for building secure IoT gateway data and control orchestration applications. This will allows firms to sidestep one of IoT biggest problems: the gateway component.



There remains a lot of work to be done in terms of standardisation and orchestration mechanisms, in addition to software engineering delivery methodologies, before the full impact of big data analysis can be felt.

Until universal standards are established, systems that can help firms get to grips with processing and analysing data from disparate sources will be crucial.

If companies are to maximise the potential of big data they must be able to access the data from IoT devices and tools such as Liota could streamline the process while securing the transfer of that data between device and datacentre. 

Such tools can also help scale up IoT projects by working across the multiple gateway platforms required for industrial IoT, providing developers with a common framework across all the gateways of their enterprise.
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