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IoT and open standards

February 13, 2019

IoT and open standards

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IoT open standard; It’s a matter of necessity

The early stages of technology development are often key to long-term performance. In the case of some technologies, an erroneous approach has caused them to fail and fall into oblivion; in the case of others, the future vision of the participants in their development has been such that they have been able to anticipate the needs of the market, reaching intelligent solutions and enabling the technology boom.

We are currently in the early stages of the commercial implementation of the IoT, or Internet of Things. Although this is a technology that has been talked about for some time, its presence in the real world is still quite limited. However, many consulting firms predict an explosive development in the coming years.

However, it will not be an easy task to achieve this. The Internet of Things faces many challenges, especially related to the enormous number of devices involved and the heterogeneous environments in which it will be forced to act.

Among the lines of action being proposed to make their implementation successful, the establishment of open standards is one of the most attractive options. This is a way of working that has already proved its effectiveness. In fact, much of the growth the Internet has experienced throughout its short but exciting history is due to the possibilities offered by open standards.

Its application on IoT (IoT open standard) offers advantages that many of the main players in the market are already taking into account. Do you want to know some of them?

IoT and open standards: 3 advantages to consider

– Interoperability

This is one of the keys to the expansion of the IoT. We have already written an article talking about it, but it is worth emphasizing: it is very difficult to think about a massive expansion of the IoT if it is not hand in hand with the interoperability of the devices.

In case you are not familiar with the concept, let’s make a short description; the different devices involved in the IoT need to use the same “language” to communicate with each other. Imagine, for example, an intelligent city in which each device could only communicate with those created by the same manufacturer and couldn´t understand those developed by a different manufacturer. The functioning of the whole would probably be quite defective, to the extent that it might not even make sense to implement IoT solutions.

In this respect, the establishment of open standards could be of great help. These could function as a sort of “common language” that could serve all devices, regardless of which manufacturer they came from, enabling them to operate with each other and improving overall performance.

– Flexibility (IoT open standard)

Some IoT solutions based on proprietary systems may be very attractive in the short term, but what if we think beyond that?

Let’s imagine that our company’s needs to grow and we need scalability or that new options arise and we want to opt for the introduction of new technologies. Will the manufacturer that is providing us with IoT solutions be able to offer us the options we need?

The use of open standards offers flexibility that can be very useful for this purpose. The breadth of manufacturers and partners that would be involved promises to offer greater ability to meet new challenges.

– Agility (IoT open standard)

Related to the above, we find the advantage of greater agility in solving problems and providing new solutions.

The development of IoT implies an enormous effort. If each brand were to devote itself to creating its own solutions blind to the solutions of the others, the effort would be multiplied and the results would take longer to arrive. Because it is not the same to work in the “watertight compartments” in which companies can become as it is to do so under a common and open standard. Collaboration could help the agile growth of IoT and make this new technology useful and attractive to consumers. Otherwise, progress may be too slow and “boring”, or “desperate” in the market.

IoT open standard: What is being done to develop this?

We are not going to tackle, in this brief space, the task of listing the many efforts being made to create open standards for IoT; however, we can make a general approximation.

For years, some of the leading companies in the sector have launched proposals for collaboration to develop this type of standards, often very precise at the technical level. Based on them, institutions as relevant as the IEEE or the IETF are already evaluating the different options, in order to establish some of the standards that may govern the future of IoT.

At the same time, during the last years and by the hand of groupings of some of the main companies of the sector, numerous initiatives have arisen, to which new companies and organizations from all over the world are joining, that propose solutions and create platforms for the development of open source standards.

Thus, it seems that the industry’s commitment to the establishment of open standards is firm and determined. The questions that remain to be resolved are: Will it be an effective solution? Will those involved be able to agree?

IoT and monitoring

As we have already mentioned, values such as cooperation and flexibility will be essential for the development of the IoT.

Similarly, when monitoring IoT devices the flexibility of monitoring systems will be something to keep in mind.

That’s why you need to know Pandora FMS. Pandora is a flexible monitoring software, capable of monitoring devices, infrastructures, applications, services and business processes. And of all the things it is capable of, it can also carry out IoT monitoring.

Do you want to know what Pandora FMS can do exactly when it comes to monitoring IoT? It’s very easy, you just have to send a message consulting all your doubts. In addition, you can do it in a very simple way, thanks to the contact form that can be found at the following address: https://pandorafms.com/contact/

Before doing that and if you want to know more about Pandora FMS IoT monitoring, you can have a look at this link: https://pandorafms.com/iot-monitoring/

Don’t hesitate to contact the Pandora FMS team, they’ll be happy to help you!


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