IoT solutions in SIM-Cloud IaaS

An example of IoT solutions



Smart Things


IoT, Internet of Things, – is a network of many various electronic devices and gadgets connected via IP protocol to data exchange, data analysis and to realize their functionality based on those data analysis results. Things included to IoT community don’t claim human participation. But one of the key characteristics of IoT is a capability of remote control and management by the user.

Nowadays, industrial and household equipment outstands from its predecessors. It is SMART. Their own processors transform electronic devices from simple tools into fulfilling computing modules, which can analyze information and act under specific algorithms. Machine Learning elements intensively implemented in the latest generations of household appliances, give them more autonomy from the human in their work.


Current Smart House systems today already can regulate heating, lighting, water heating, ventilation, depending on the presence of the hosts and their daily schedule. Intelligent security system controls the security in houses, shops, and offices through motion sensors, video surveillance, windows and doors sensors. If a criminal figure intrudes the place, the system notifies owners and security company about the invasion. Temperature, pressure, humidity sensors in libraries, museums, and art galleries analyze the environment and ensure the safety and security of cultural property.


In the future, all these services will be more personalized through the integration with customer databases, accumulated by search engines, social networks, Internet providers, online stores, etc. Seems, one of the first to take a step in this direction is the market of smartwatches and physical activity trackers. Apple is already negotiating to introduce its Apple Watch into the US medical system. It will raise the diagnosis to a new level and improve preventive protection against serious diseases such as stroke, heart attack, arrhythmia, etc.


Currently, IoT technologies are used in such areas as farms, landscape gardening infrastructures, food industry enterprises, security business, education, medicine, transport and logistics, road services and parking, widely used by developers and installers of smart house projects, in entertainment and gambling, and many others.


INTERNET OF THINGS IN SIM-CLOUD


IoT developments are currently one of the priority trends in technological development. So, many startups, integrators, software developers are involved in the process of creating IoT systems. The most typical questions that arise for clients of SIM Networks before starting cooperation with our company:

  • What cloud platform is better to deploy microservices?
  • What is public cloud more profitable to build an IT infrastructure?
  • How to establish a continuous process of analyzing and processing incoming information through the Internet?
  • Where to organize secure and reliable data storage from IoT objects? And so on.


Things, the objects of the Internet of Things, are single modules registered in the system which are connected by a common operation algorithm and have Internet access. The task of logical combining them into a network in the cloud is solved in the SIM-Cloud, taking into account the individual conditions of each project. So, in the system of the IoT are registered and interact in common information space:

  • sensors of position, pressure, temperature, movement, smoke;
  • digital video cameras and microphones;
  • various operating devices: relays, lamps, heaters, motors, etc .;
  • human-machine interaction interfaces, i.e., information input / output devices, remote controls, etc.


Internet of Things is not the same as automation. It differs both in the way of communication over the Internet via the IP protocol and in the SIM-Cloud implementation of processing the information collected from the peripheral modules, transmitting the results of this analytics to users, developing recommendations and forecasts based on it.


HOW TO IMPLEMENT IOT SOLUTIONS IN SIM-CLOUD


As a rule, Things are connected with SIM-Cloud IaaS via the gateway that accumulates metrics from a wide variety of IoT network devices using different data transfer protocols — Bluetooth, WiFi, MQTT, CoAP, DDS, NFC, Cellular, AMQP, RFID, Z-Wave, HTTPs, Rest API, ZigBee, etc. — and then sends them to SIM-Cloud for further processing.

 

 


IoT in SIM-Cloud scheme
An example of IoT solution deployed in SIM-Cloud

 


If the Internet connection is interrupted for a short time, the IoT modules continue to work autonomously. After connecting to the Internet restores, Things transfer updated information about their condition to the cloud. At the same time, all data is synchronized and updated in the database.


The diagram above shows one of the possible solutions for the Internet of Things network based on SIM-Cloud IaaS. But every project is unique, and there is no universal boxed solution. SIM-Networks Technical experts can develop the architecture of the solution of the IoT system for each client individually, taking into account the specifics of his project, prospects for scaling, special security requirements, etc.


BENEFITS OF IOT DEPLOYING IN SIM-CLOUD


  1. FLEXIBILITY AND SCALABILITY

Usually, Internet-of-Things projects begin their development with a small number of devices, sensors, etc. The infrastructure for processing the data received has to include many services:

  • Web Service — control panel of devices, sensors, electronic gadgets. The user interface will allow you to manage other project services, display the necessary statistics, execute queries, configure notifications, etc.
  • Notification Service enables you to customize notifications to clients on the results of monitoring, triggering of sensor triggers, etc. in a convenient form on the necessary communication channels
  • Device Registry — service of registration and accounting of devices in the IoT network
  • Device Management — IoT devices direct control service
  • API Management service
  • Applications and Logic Services — an application service is responsible for processing and managing data. It performs the tasks of collecting analytics under the rules set and processes the information received
  • Monitoring services allow you to set up monitoring of Internet of Things devices and monitor internal project services
  • DataBase — databases that store all collected data, metrics from IoT devices
  • Load Balancing (LBaaS) — software service for load sharing between nodes.


In the early stages of launching a project, it is necessary to expand and link all these elements into a common logical structure.


Sure, at first, you need less computing resources. But when the project expands, SIM-Cloud will allow you flexibly and quickly increase the computing resources of each of the services as the client base grows, sensors, devices that transmit metrics that need to be collected, processed, analyze, store.

 


  1. INDIVIDUAL APPROACH TO PROJECT WITH UNLIMITED SCALE

Users’ projects in SIM-Cloud have no limits by size or complexity, and resources are not limited by minimum or maximum. We can create flexible infrastructure, both complex and simple.

 

  1. EASY MANAGEMENT BY DASHBOARD

A self-explanatory and easy-to-use SIM-Cloud Dashboard allows you to manage your entire IoT project from a single entry point. No need to install many applications - everything you need is incorporated in our control panel.

 

  1. OUT-OF-THE-BOX SOLUTION FOR DATA BACKUP

Backing up business-critical data is key to keeping your information and your peace of mind safe. SIM-Cloud implements an ideal solution for this task — a backup service of SIM-Cloud BaaS with quick data recovery. You can choose the backup data storage of your IoT project localization, and our technical specialists will help you with the optimal backup setup.


SIM-CLOUD IS THE SAFETY OF YOUR IoT PROJECTS


High security is a critical priority in our work. We provide secure data transfer over the network to the cloud over a secure channel. All data on instances (virtual machines, in OpenStack terminology) is encoded through hardware-based encryption at the storage level.


The cloud-based implementation of the solution for the Internet of Things system provides more robust protection against cyberattacks, which inject malicious code directly into the server’s RAM. Cluster organization of cloud IaaS and scaling of resources on-demand increase the effectiveness of protective measures, allowing you to connect high-performance computing technologies to detect processes exhibiting "suspicious behavior" - excessive traffic, unauthorized access to resources, including via the Internet, etc.


Using the extensive capabilities of the fail-safe SIM-cloud to create your IoT projects, you can integrate various equipment and software, build a hybrid IT infrastructure, including local and remote data storages. Connecting local and remote storage processes into a single unit allows the platform OpenStack, and reliable backup provides the service SIM-Cloud BaaS.


You can order resources and get an individual calculation on the parameters of your IoT project for building a SIM-Cloud infrastructure here.

 

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