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Effective IoT Data Management (IoT Tutorial, Chapter 5)

Welcome to this IoT tutorial chapter. Here, we´ll explore the significance of collecting sensor data and how it benefits companies. For further exploration, including the full video tutorial, visit the main page of our IoT tutorial.

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Let’s break down the essentials: from understanding the diverse forms of IoT devices to ensuring secure data transfer and transforming raw data into actionable solutions.

Benefits of Collecting Sensor Data

Let’s explore the advantages of data collection, understand how it’s done, and why it holds significant importance for most companies. Connected products open the opportunity to gather and analyze information from devices.

Data from a device can offer valuable insights, including:

  • Troubleshooting or pinpointing the device’s location
  • Predicting and scheduling maintenance needs
  • Identifying weaknesses in the product that can be addressed in the production process

Now, let’s break down the typical components most commonly used in an IoT solution from the perspective of Telenor IoT.

IoT Device Data and Sensors

An IoT device can take on various shapes and forms, and the choice of device typically depends on the specific environment in which it’s deployed. For instance, a device in a vehicle needs to endure challenges like vibration, dirt, and potential contamination from engine fluids. In contrast, a device placed in a stationary object, such as a freezer, only needs to withstand cold temperatures.

In addition, we incorporate sensors, and their types vary based on what the service or product aims to measure and provide. These sensors can encompass a wide range, including temperature, humidity, position, speed, altitude, blood pressure, pulse, or even a trigger that detects when a door is opened or closed.

In essence, almost anything can be measured or monitored, making it adaptable and applicable to various IoT solutions.


Transferring Device Data

To transfer this data, connectivity becomes essential. When devices are distributed across larger areas, whether nationwide or globally, mobile communication is usually the preferred choice.

A roaming service in mobile networks provides the device with the freedom to move almost anywhere. Moreover, it can seamlessly switch between networks to ensure optimal performance and reliability.

In contrast, a stationary device in a building may not necessarily require mobile communication; instead, it could utilize a Wi-Fi network or even Bluetooth, depending on the frequency of communication needs. There’s also the option to combine these for a more robust service with redundancy.


The Importance of Device Security

The third crucial aspect is security. This entails ensuring that our devices can only be accessed by authorized individuals.

It’s advisable to incorporate encryption into our communication methods and to securely store our data. Various methods can achieve these objectives, but a commonly used solution is implementing a Virtual Private Network (VPN). By integrating a VPN, we establish a secure communication channel for the device to transmit data to the awaiting back-end system.

This not only safeguards the communication process but also poses a formidable challenge for unauthorized individuals attempting to access our devices.


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Turning Raw Data into Actionable Solutions

All the data from our devices has reached the company’s back-end system, where it’s stored and ready for processing.

Now, the next step is to extract and put this data to good use.

Depending on the service, this could involve creating an app for end-users of a vehicle, monitoring services at a service center for customers, or assisting an industrial site in tracking every step of their production process.


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Simply put, effective IoT data management is essential for connected technologies to function smoothly. Taking care of details like safe data transfer, adaptable devices, and strong security, ensures everything works seamlessly.

Once all the data is in the system, the next step is making it useful. This could mean creating apps for users, keeping an eye on services in a center, or assisting industries with their processes. The goal is to make data work for everyone, bringing us closer to a future where technology enhances our lives.

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