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Don’t risk deadly delays with your data

  • Posted by admin on March 21, 2018

There is no doubt that industrial applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) have emerged as some of the most compelling use cases for the technology. The latest estimates place the number of connected devices anywhere between 20 billion and 50 billion by 2020, with General Electric predicting that investment in industrial deployments will top US$ 60 trillion (€48.89 trillion) by 2030.

However, many of the systems and platforms that are currently emerging use cloud-based analytics, says John Crupi, vice president, Engineering Systems, at Greenwave Systems. While this can be effective when scouring the oceans of data that is collected by any give device, it significantly increases the time needed for action to be taken.

In time-sensitive industrial IoT deployments where immediate detection and actions impact security, safety and machine failures, this delay can be disastrous. With cloud-based solutions, data will not be provided quickly enough to enable the IoT to be fully effective for mission-critical applications. This issue is not only a huge concern now, but one that is going to be exacerbated as IoT deployments grow in scale.

The true edge

To support the massive number of IoT devices expected and radically reduce decision and action time, analytics should be pushed as close to the device edge as possible. Too much IoT data is dying in data lakes and by providing real-time actionable insights as events occur edge analytics can solve this problem.

Traditional Big Data methods are great for batch-oriented analytics, but aren’t suitable for the interactive, real-time analytics required for IoT. With the huge amounts of data produced by large machines and engines, or wide networks of millions of smaller devices, it is impossible to massively mine and still get real-time decisions. The data that flows through these networks is vast, fast and needs an active analytics framework to identify issues and take actions as the data flows.

If you need real-time decisions, actions and insights, then you need an architecture which supports the streaming of edge analytics, cloud analytics and real-time and historical blending. This principle applies to smart factories, smart cities, smart homes and any environment where “smart” means intelligence at the edge.

The IoT industry is beginning to understand that one of the best ways to provide these insights from the vast numbers of IoT devices is to do as much analytics as possible at the true edge of networks on the devices themselves. This architecture makes devices truly smart, allowing them to analyse, detect and act on the data as it flows to the device.

Traditional methods of passing raw data to the cloud, analysing it and sending actions back to the device introduces time delays which can be detrimental to operations. However, by implementing analytics and pattern detection at the edge, an almost-instantaneous response can be achieved in situations which require immediate action, such as alerting users that their device or network is under attack, or shutting down an engine which is exhibiting dangerous behaviour.

The internet of data

In a nutshell, the longer data has to travel for analysis, the longer an anomaly […]

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