APIs enabling IoT

Why do companies like Salesforce open up their organization by providing APIs? The fastest growing platforms need to work differently. They open up their core, publish APIs, and start up developer programs. Understanding the mechanics of becoming an API platform is key. For IoT to be useful, the devices that make up this mesh must be connected to the cloud. The way in which they do this is via APIs. Cloud-based services are the way in which the IoT is connected to data. APIs are the bridge — IoT on one side, useful information and plentiful data crunching capabilities on the other. APIs make IoT useful, turning limited little things into powerful portals of possibilities!

IoT Value Chain & Mobile Operators

IoT Value Chain

Mobile network operators (MNOs) add the largest value to Internet of Things value chain by providing the last mile wireless connectivity for Voice, Data and Machine-to-Machine(M2M) communications. This can be done in several ways – either by having a dedicated M2M gateway (or APN/Internet Gateways) or by creating an MVNE (Mobile Virtual Network Enabler) architecture that allows quick on-boarding (provisioning) with special SIMs (subscriber identity module) and software.

Several functions as stated below can be re-used by the following verticals: Connected Vehicle; Smart Grid; eHealth; and Connected Home. These are some common M2M service layer functions were necessary for their respective vertical segment and to then converge on those common functions as the components for a “Common M2M Service Layer” capability, which are provided by MNOs as a service for M2M subscribers. Machine-to-Machine communication is an essential part of the IoT concept, due to the fact..

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Streaming Data and Analytics

The value of data is becoming a larger part of the business value chain, the lines between different industries become more vague, or as GE’s Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt once stated: “If you went to bed last night as an industrial company, you’re going to wake up today as a software and analytics company.” This is not only true for an industrial company, but for many companies that produce “things”: cars, jet-engines, boats, trains, lawn-mowers, tooth-brushes, nut-runners, computers, network-equipment, etc. GE, Bosch, Technicolor and Cisco are just a few of the industrial companies that offer an Internet of Things (IoT) platform.

Manufacturing has undergone a quiet revolution in the last few years, but even most industry insiders don’t realize it yet – because it’s an invisible revolution, running through its cables and wires and circuits.

Today’s manufacturers produce more data in a single day than they did in a full month just ten years ago: sensor data, camera images, P..

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