September 18, 2017
Enterprises are building IoT solutions to increase productivity, reduce operational costs, improve safety and provide higher levels of service. But they face a number of challenges when deploying IoT solutions in many types of environments. For example, the environment for a national freight railroad system is so geographically dispersed that intensive IoT data transmission costs would undermine total project ROI. The environment for a manufacturing plant has so many brownfield assets that a solution not supporting legacy communications protocols would be virtually impossible to implement. And the environment for a commercial office building has multiple non-integrated operational systems that can lead to tenant dissatisfaction.
In order to overcome these challenges, enterprises should carefully evaluate how an IoT edge platform handles devices and data to maximize business outcomes. According to MachNation research, leading IoT edge platforms have the following 5 capabilities:
- extensive protocol support for data ingestion
- robust capability for offline functionality
- cloud-based orchestration capabilities to support device lifecycle management
- hardware-agnostic scalable architecture
- comprehensive analytics and visualization tools
This whitepaper discusses these 5 capabilities and presents 3 real-life use cases of enterprises using IoT edge platforms today.