Internet of Things (IoT) is a reality now like Mobile Applications, Cloud Computing or Nanotechnology. Many people now have a clear idea of what IoT can do for their businesses. Largely industries have identified two segments of IoT based on their use 1) Industrial IoT (IIoT) and 2) Home IoT (HIoT). Another classification is based on various business verticals where IoT is being of great help.
- Industry (Factory) 4.0
- Metering and Monitoring of Energy and Resources
- Tracking of people and vehicles
- Smart Housing & Smart Offices
- Smart Tourism and Smart Resorts
- Smart Corporations and Smart Cities
AFour Technologies has come up with interesting IoT solutions in the following areas
1) Smart Security
2) Smart Metering and Monitoring
3) Smart Tracking
These solutions add a lot of value to business areas mentioned above. When implemented for a given business, they help in 1) increasing business, 2) optimizing costs and 3) help as insurance against potential risks.
IoT Solution and IoT Platform as a Service
Key components of a typical IoT solution are sensors and actuators, microcontrollers, gateways, communication components between microcontrollers and gateways, backend platform for analytics and user interface for reporting.
While building IoT solutions AFour did a good amount of research and development work in each component areas mentioned above. AFour developed its own backend platform called “Care of Things” (http://www.careofthings.com). This platform can easily integrate customer device end solutions which can send data using different IoT gateways and also use different protocols e.g. HTTP, MTTQ.
With the strong backend IoT platform in place, AFour is now equipped to implement new IoT projects / solutions for the customer within a very small time. Care of Things (CoT) comprises of key components which enable receiving of a very high load of data and efficient processing of this data. Analytics components in CoT platform help in producing effective insights, reporting from data for business decisions as well as automatic actuation algorithms.