What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

A simple definition of IoT is the collection of all physical objects that are connected to the internet.
How does IoT work?
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Sensors

An IoT sensor contains technology to connect it to the internet and to the real, physical world. It also includes technology to collect data. Many devices can also act on the data; for example, by sending a notification or by switching something in the physical world on or off.

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Network

The network enables internet connectivity for the sensor. This allows for the sensor to be controlled remotely while transmitting the data to the network server.

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Application (App)

You’ll need an application (software) to onboard, manage, and track the status of your IoT devices. The app has an easy-to-use interface that collects and analyzes the data sent by the devices. Many of our solutions include access to a mobile app to easily set up your devices, and a desktop app to help you manage your devices in one platform.

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Sensors

An IoT sensor contains technology to connect it to the internet and to the real, physical world. It also includes technology to collect data. Many devices can also act on the data; for example, by sending a notification or by switching something in the physical world on or off.

Read more about sensors
Network

The network enables internet connectivity for the sensor. This allows for the sensor to be controlled remotely while transmitting the data to the network server.

Read more about gateways
Application (App)

You’ll need an application (software) to onboard, manage, and track the status of your IoT devices. The app has an easy-to-use interface that collects and analyzes the data sent by the devices. Many of our solutions include access to a mobile app to easily set up your devices, and a desktop app to help you manage your devices in one platform.

Read more about software applications

IoT Sensors

IoT Sensors are used throughout residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural settings.

Popular sensors on the market have the ability to monitor:

  • Assets, vehicles, and people
  • Energy consumption
  • Leaks & levels of liquids & solids
  • Light & heat
  • Motion & acceleration
  • Presence
  • Pressure differences
  • Smoke & gas presence
  • Soil conditions
  • Temperature & humidity
  • Tilting & falling

The sensors are activated via an accompanying software application and placed in the environment to be monitored. From there, the sensors send the data they collect through a device such as a gateway and communicate with the software application. Sensors often can be controlled through the software application.

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Gateways

Gateways are devices that connect sensors to the cloud and the software applications that control those sensors, as well as send data received from the software application back to the sensors.

Gateways are very easy to set up and configure — just plug the gateway in and activate it through the software application that accompanies your solution.

One gateway can process the data from multiple types of sensors at once; so, in most cases, it is not necessary to use more than one gateway. The ability of gateways to receive data is occasionally limited by long distances between the gateway and sensor or extreme physical barriers, such as multiple walls. Typically, one gateway is all that is needed in most small to medium-sized businesses and residential properties. Contact us if you have questions about your deployment!

Some  IoT solutions are configured to work with the same gateway and software application so there is no need to purchase multiple gateways. Third-party solutions may not require gateways and include their own compatible applications and software.

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IoT and Software Applications

IoT devices require a software application for data and sensor management. Most apps are available for desktop and mobile devices, and are easily downloaded from the internet.

Initially, the app will be used to activate your sensors and gateway. Once configured, you can set up and manage data reports and notifications. Some apps even allow you to control the sensors remotely.

To get started with our solutions, add our app to quickly & easily onboard your sensors and gateways. Just scan your QR code and you’re almost done! From there, you’ll be able to manage all data and customize reports from any mobile device, laptop, or desktop.

To get started with third-party solutions, you’ll need to download their application and follow their instructions.

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