Sensors and connectivity

The starting point and at the same time the largest data supplier of the Internet of Things is the sensor, or rather, a great many sensors. They make it possible for “things” to collect data and perform actions. With access to the Internet, sensors turn functional objects into smart ones.

How and where data streams are processed influences the choice between cloud and edge computing – or both. To save storage capacity and prevent latency, it may be advisable to pre-store the huge data streams generated by the IoT at the edge of the network and sort them according to relevance before storing them in the cloud, for example. This results in efficient use of the available bandwidth and performance.

Integrated sensor technology is when sensors can be used to measure and control changes in systems. This function is used both classically in the factory and in the medical sector, for example, when it is a question of assessing the condition and resulting maintenance of medical equipment in clinics and practices. This makes predictive maintenance possible. Other areas of application include the automotive industry, as well as process and industrial automation.