Evolution of technology has always remained the prime concern of businesses. When it comes to the telecom industry, the tech is evolving at a rapid pace. IoT is the new buzzword in the industry and operators, both big and small, are trying to make the most of the opportunity presented by it. IoT sensors form an integral part of the IoT universe and it is essential that operators create the right infrastructure that enables optimal sensor performance.
Types of Sensors
Sensors are vital for the rightful performance of an IoT platform. There are different types of sensors that form a part of the IoT universe. Below is a list:
This type of IoT sensor is often used in smart phones to switch off the display for preventing the accidental pressing of the keypad. These sensors are designed to detect the movement of an object without any direct contact. A proximity sensor emits infrared rays for detection. Another implementation of a proximity sensor is in retail where it can alert the user about a possible discount when he passes the aisle where the discounted product is stored. It can also be used in parking lots to inform car owners about the availability of parking space.
Temperature IoT sensor is extensively utilized for detecting heat. It is ideal for detecting temperature changes and taking the necessary action accordingly. For example, it can be used to detect the temperature of goods stored in a refrigeration compartment. Whenever the containment unit malfunctions and the temperature becomes unfavorable, the IoT sensor sends a notification to the manager informing him about the situation or automatically triggers failsafe mechanism to prevent damage to the stored items.
This IoT sensor is used for measuring angular velocity and speed of rotation. Gyroscopes are often utilized in car navigation systems and anti-skid systems. They are also utilized in gaming systems like Wii for detecting controller input.
The Importance of IoT Platform in IoT Sensor Performance
IoT sensors have transformed workspaces and influenced industrial operations. But, for an IoT sensor to perform well, it needs a cutting-edge platform. Below are some essential features of a quality IoT platform that every telecom operator should look for:
Versatile M2M connectivity
Machine to Machine connectivity is the building block of an IoT network. Different IoT use cases require different types of connectivity solutions to ensure optimal operation. Mostly, IoT sensors require high-speed and low-latency connectivity to ensure continuous and error-free communication. But, there are other business cases where IoT sensor discharge can become a matter of concern and you may need low-speed and low power consuming IoT connectivity. Therefore, you should always look for a platform that is capable of delivering M2M connectivity exactly as per requirements.
Security of the sensors
The sensors disseminated over the IoT universe store personal information of the people using them. Also, there are many sensors that are critical to life e.g. an IoT pacemaker inserted into the body of a patient suffering from heart ailment. To ensure IoT sensors work as intended and do not compromise the user information, it is essential to implement robust encryption that prevents hackers from accessing the critical data.
OTA firmware upgrade
A myriad of IoT sensors are connected as part of the IoT network. It is almost impossible to upgrade all the sensors manually under direct supervision. Therefore, an IoT platform should come with OTA firmware upgrade capabilities. OTA or Over the Air firmware upgrade keeps every device and IoT sensor updated without any direct human involvement.