Imagine an air conditioner that sends temperature, pressure, vibration and other telemetry data to a central location where the data is analyzed. When any of the parameters shows unusual behavior, this central location sends a notification, such as an e-mail or an SMS. This is how most of the M2M platforms envision IoT: devices connected to the cloud, with data visualized on a dashboard and with simple threshold crossing and alerting (if the temperature is above 25 degrees, send an alert). We call this a “SCADA in the cloud” approach.
To truly unleash the power of the internet of everything (IoE), we need a service orchestration platform that seamlessly connects all the dots.
Realistically though, when an air conditioner shows an abnormal behavior, the first thing a company would need to happen is to have a ticket created in their support system. But what if it was just too hot outside and someone forgot to close the window, while keeping the airco running over the weekend? If that’s the case, the machine is fine, there would be no need to have the technical support brought into it. So in order to first verify that hypothesis, the system must check the outside temperature. How does it find the outside temperature? By calling the weather API of that machine’s location. And how does it find the location of the machine that shows abnormal behaviour? By querying the asset database. Depending on the nature of the abnormal behaviour, we may want to turn the device off remotely or, for a different type of emergency, alert the technical support at the location. Based on what we learned so far, how do we know who is the right person to inform in order to inspect the building, close the window or check the machine? That information is in the enterprise ERP system.
What we can observe from this simple example is that connecting people, machines, enterprise back-end systems, software applications and online services requires much more than a "SCADA in the cloud" approach. And our example was the invented and implausible story of just one single connected product. But think of when you scale that to a hundred, a thousand or a hundred thousand, as most real-life deployments would need to. Think of the truly immense quantities of data pouring into your system and the consequent insane number of variables that would need to be accounted for. To truly unleash the power of the internet of everything (IoE), we need a service orchestration platform that seamlessly connects all the dots.
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