Introduced by Apple on the 2013, Apple iBeacon is working with Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) or Bluetooth version 4. On the day it was launched, iBeacon was supposed to be one of huge leap in Internet of Things. Even there are many IoT Platform is adding feature with beacon in order to ease the management service.
iBeacon can also be used with an application as an indoor positioning system, which helps smartphones determine their approximate location or context. With the help of an iBeacon, a smartphone’s software can approximately find its relative location to an iBeacon in a store. Brick and mortar retail stores use the beacons for mobile commerce, offering customers special deals through mobile marketing, and can enable mobile payments through point of sale systems.
With growing technology, Internet of Things has became one of daily needs. We can find many IoT devices we can use and feel the impact in daily basis such as fitness tracker, thermostat, or smartwatch. Those things were just the beginning. We can see more tech and IoT stuff even in shoes that can tied up themselves.
High demand of Internet of Things Market causes startup and enterprise add Internet of Things solution to their solution. As for example is using beacon as an asset management and visitor tracking. While some companies are using name tag and ID card, beacon can be a simple way to track visitors and it doesn’t even spend lot of cost. The battery last up to 2 years and if it doesn’t need specific reader which is mostly expensive as in RFID.
Many people developing IoT for living. It is getting popular and people want to use IoT Platform to ease their process in building IoT system. The Internet of Things has been hype for couple of years since it began to be recommended by Kevin Ashton on 1999 and started popular through Auto-ID centre in MIT. At this moment, we can see many people is using Internet of Things. Not only in daily life but it begins a university project for their student.
Basically, Internet of Things platform has similar features and basic needs as any other platform to build IoT devices. Some IoT platform providers basic service of a platform. But the main use of IoT Platform is to ease developer/maker to build solution faster by using a platform (IaaS, PaaS, or BaaS) to get lower cost infrastructure.
IoT Platform has became one of regular tools. Most developers will use IoT Platform to develop their product and solution also help them scale up globally. IoT Platform is simply helping engineers to build their Internet of Things project faster and also manage them regularly. This includes building engagement with their user.
With various implementation of Internet of Things, IoT developers are competing to build their own IoT Devices. With a huge market, there are more and more devices launched each year. How developers compete with other developers are by using IoT Platform to make their development process faster.
It is because IoT Platform provides various features such as:
Real Time Storage Data – Internet of Things technology needs integration with data storage (Cloud Storage), where data storage from sensor or data from other devices need a real time data storage. It is because IoT’s main focus is data streaming.
IoT Protocol Connection – Protocol Internet of Things from every device might be different. This makes developer must do many changes and data conversions.
Data Processing – Internet of Things is focused on faster data processing to make a real time data insight.
Analytic’s – Statistic processing and data management by various data connections and hardwares have to make a result about accurate data analytic.
These basic features in IoT Platform can be useful for developers to connect and manage the device. With the features, developers also able to manage their user and checking the device performance.
Internet of Things, also known as IoT, is a concept of a wider implementations of internet. Some of the advantages is data sharing, remote control, and etc. Include things in physical life. (lebih…)