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What are the main components of a great IoT system

There are many topographies of how a sound IoT system should look. They all share the same idea – it all starts with the device or thing which generates and provides the data. Data from one or multiple devices are gathered, aggregated and sent to storage or cloud service. Probably one of the most critical elements of IoT is Analytics. Analytics tools incorporate all possible ways, including statistics, machine learning, big data technologies to make data understandable and useable. This data can then be accessed through the user interface. User should have the ability not only to see the information but also alter it and even control the devices and actuators if needed. Depending on IoT specifics, there can be less or more components. Anyway, this doesn’t change the logic of data and control flow. Probably the critical factor of sound IoT system is that each element is independent of each other and can be used as a distinct building block. Such an approach makes IoT solution management and maintenance more comfortable as each component can be used in any configuration. Let’s go through all parts to see what are the key features

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What is IoT? Different IoT platforms with a free option

We hear about the Internet of Things (IoT) for quite some time. I think it is safe to say that IoT started with the first internet message sent on 29 October 1969 over ARPANET.  It appears that Kevin Ashton first pronounced the term of Internet of Things in 1999. I could be wrong, but I’m fairly sure the phrase “Internet of Things” started life as the title of a presentation I made at Procter & Gamble (P&G) in 1999. Linking the new idea of RFID in P&G’s supply chain to the then-red-hot topic of the Internet was more than just a good way to get executive attention. It summed up a valuable insight, which is still often misunderstood. Kevin Ashton

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