The Internet of Things (IoT) affects everything from street lighting, smart parking, air quality, ITS systems, IP cameras, waste collection, and digital signage. When IoT is managed, monitored, and maintained effectively, it changes everything from our cities to utilities, but we need to be on top of its challenges.
How do you connect thousands of IoT devices to back-office systems?
How do you manage IoT platforms from multiple vendors?
How can you install and maintain the various IoT devices, some more complex than others?
If you run a team, how can you guide those workers through step-by-step workflows and diagnostics?
That’s where IoTOps, short for IoT operating systems, comes in. In our Google stratosphere, we’re given Fuchsia OS to use. Think of it as a cloud-based SaaS solution built specifically for IoT.
IoTOps integrates the data.
IoTops helps you manage millions of IoT components, such as smart streetlights, traffic signals, power line sensors, garbage, parking, and air quality from one pane of glass. It integrates the various connected devices and with back-end systems quickly, easily, and efficiently.
IoT management also includes the devices and the gateways that the IoT devices are connected to: a humongous enterprise. All step-by-step diagnostics can be managed and monitored from this one pane of glass for a finished product to reach smartphones and tablets.
IoTOps speeds up the progress.
By making your workflow configurable, IoTOps help you manage the entire life cycle of your IoT operations. You have your IoT planning, inventory, installation, maintenance, and work orders in one place, making the process operational and fast.
IoTOps simplifies IoT management.
IoTOps tames your IoT explosion by helping you manage its escalating volume of data from one place. Not every project needs the same level of management or the same degree of care and attention. IoTOps brings to the forefront those facets that need special attention and help you design, regulate, and monitor your network performance from one pane of glass.
IoTOps connects the workforce.
The IoT operating system helps IT and operations work together, much the same way as DevOps does. With all data displayed in one crucible, engineers can stream data to diverse IoT applications and update all back-office systems (e.g., GIS, CMS, asset management, network management, CRM, and billing). At the other end, local plant technicians can use the OS to monitor and troubleshoot the industrial network. In the event of a device failure, technicians can work on rapid device replacement.
IoTOps gives you actionable results.
IoT operations serve as an Analytics as a Service (AaaS) dashboard, giving you the insight to build on your IoT data for actionable results. Put another way, these operating systems provide you with visibility into your IoT projects’ inner workings and help you analyze the endless volume of data emitted from your connected devices.
IoTOps detects threats.
IoTOps alerts you to anomalies and changes in IoT response time, characteristics, and behavior. It’s like an integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), which standardizes how applications are integrated across the workflow. When differences are detected, it brings them to your attention promptly, so you can act on these cues instantly and prevent mishaps, such as network breaches.
IoTOps saves human labor, costs, and productivity.
IoTOps reduces downtimes by catching mishaps right away. Its timely intervention saves you the expense of fixing or replacing components. And its lean workflow does away with data drift, giving operations and data scientists the creativity and motivation to continue their work. You also don’t need to hire the many other specialists you would otherwise have required for deployment.
IoTOps helps with incident management.
The IoT impact on infrastructure and operations (I&O) can be significant, which is why it's crucial to catch mishaps in their beginning stages. An IoT OS helps you see the mass of connected facets and incoming data across environments, making the learning process error-resilient, stopping software from getting lost, and keeping your team on the same page.
Very simply, IoT operating systems are platforms that help you manage, monitor, and maintain your IoT operations. Their value is immense. They allow you to complete important IoT projects from start to finish, where all components are configured precisely according to manufacturing network and security specifications with faster completion times. There are no more missing items or IoT elements that misbehave once they're configured in the network. Costly downtime and sunk expenses are a thing of the past since platforms like Google Fuchsia OS automate your IoT projects in a streamlined CI/CD process.
Leah Zitter, Ph.D., has a master’s in philosophy, epistemology, and logic and a Ph.D. in research psychology.