The 3 Stages of Evolution of IoT Architecture


IoT Architectures - challenges with certain Use Cases.



In an article this week from Veselin Pizurica he takes a look at why most IoT architectures nowadays are similar and guides us to imagine that the explanation for this is down to an evolutionary process.

Veselin Pizurica - Co-founder and CTO @Waylay, R&D, with a background in IoT/M2M, Cloud Computing, Semantic Web, Artificial Intelligence, Signal and Image Processing and Pattern Recognition.

The Phases of IoT evolution

Phase one - connecting

First, your smart-sensor-enabled-network-connected things begin sending information about themselves and their environment to your central hub in the cloud. Connecting things (giving them senses and opening up an internet connection to them so that they can send their data through to you) represents the dawn of the evolution of IoT. Most IoT platforms out there are making a living making sure your things can safely do that.

Phase two - analysing and visualising

Next, as data from your things piles up and you have so much of it you start calling it "big", you aggregate, explore and begin running intelligent analytics on your data piles and visualise results on dashboards. This is the second stage in the evolution of IoT, when you learn important new things about your systems of connected things.

Phase three - automating

Now that you have learned something, you start thinking of applying what you have learned to your existing processes, so that you can finally reap the benefits of IoT in its third major evolutionary stage - automation. And as you do, you come to face a problem that is addressed in the original post. It has to do with the counter-intuitive concept that one-by-one might actually work better for massive volumes than "en masse" does.

Here’s the link to the full article on Waylay – not to be missed. You hit an evolutionary hurdle. The naturally evolved architecture breaks down. What next? Read more on The IoT platform of the future, the Waylay vision, how the Waylay engine works and how it is different from other rules engines.