The Internet of Things

Internet of Things has been stirring up the Technology world for the last few years, as it impacts how everything works and how we proceed in our everyday daily activities. But really, what is Internet of Things and is it really that impactful?

What is Internet of Things (IoT)

In short, Internet of Things technology enables objects to connect to the Internet and communicate to each other. What does this mean? Simply, IoT is an ecosystem of physical objects that are all connected to a mutual network, which is the Internet. These objects can be anything - from a clock, to a heart monitor, or a door sensor, even the car you are driving; everything can be connected and send signals (aka, communicate) to each other. These objects are assigned an IP address and can make decisions without going through any human commands.

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Common application of IoT in everyday life

If you are still confused about what exactly IoT is, some examples about very familiar daily real-life objects can help you understand further about the usage of IoT in everyday life. Do you have a smart rice cooker which can cook your rice perfectly by measuring and keeping track of how the rice is being cooked? Have you heard about the self-driving car with sensors to receive and react to roads and objects in the way? Or maybe your house security which can send signals to authorities in case of any break-ins? These are a few examples of IoT in real life that are familiar to any of us, and can improve our quality of life greatly by doing things that might seem very simple and take no effort.

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How is IoT changing the business world?

IoT has and is improving the general population’s quality of life. This results in more and more companies are interested in developing and adapting IoT for business. Due to its efficiency in promoting object-self-decision-making processes, IoT can reduce any business’ cost and improve efficiency, gathering real-time insights and analytics for better and more profitable decisions. As the technology world is constantly improving with innovative technologies, and the Internet influence is growing day-by-day, IoT becomes a very valuable part of any business, creating more opportunities for growth and optimizing the flow of information.

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Internet of Things Gateway Supporting Wifi, Zigbee and LoRa Communications

As IoT heavily relies on the Internet, it is important to clarify the pros and cons of each type of communication method for your best outcome.

Zigbee: secured, inexpensive, but short-ranged - Zigbee is a low-powered and low-data rate network that supports mesh network topology. It is perfect for home and office applications where only basic features are needed, and do not work in a longer range. Examples of devices using Zigbee communication includes environmental sensors, switches, or power consumption meter.

Internet of Things Gateway Supporting Wifi, Zigbee and LoRa Communications

As IoT heavily relies on the Internet, it is important to clarify the pros and cons of each type of communication method for your best outcome.

Wifi: the most popular IoT communication due to its popularity, however it lacks security and protection compared to other communication methods. It also uses a lot of energy and transmit a large amount of data. Overall, Wifi communication is the best choice when it comes to providing low-cost connectivity with good performance, with the capability of deploying thousands of devices in a wide area.

Internet of Things Gateway Supporting Wifi, Zigbee and LoRa Communications

As IoT heavily relies on the Internet, it is important to clarify the pros and cons of each type of communication method for your best outcome.

LoRa: focusing on a wide-area-network, LoRa is the perfect solution for deploying a large amount of sensors or controlling devices such as environment sensors for the whole city, or agriculture farm control. LoRa can handle millions of devices at once and maximize the devices' battery life. Its main drawback is the lack in hardware security as it uses software-based encryption, but its multilevel encryption can enable secure communication as the software is updated. LoRa can be seen as the next standard of IoT, and can enable the widespread using of IoT technology.

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Long Range (LoRa) Wireless Communications

Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWANs) are designed to connect high number of low-powered devices over a large area, with LoRaWAN as its most popular solution. LoRaWAN network is an open network standard developed by the LoRa Alliance, with ensured integrity and security.

LoRa wireless communication has recently been considered as the go-to solution for IoT communication system, as its efficiency for controlling a large amount of devices at once on a widespread area has been proven to work excellently. This increases the potential for IoT technology in industrial solutions, and explains a dramatically growth in demands for IoT applications.

At Orient, we understand the need for efficiency. We can help you apply LoRa to expand your business, or to solve your current device-control or monitoring problems. Let us discuss in details about how LoRa can help your business grow, and any potential concerns regarding the implementation of IoT technology for your business.

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Embedded Internet of Things platform based Raspberry Pi and Android Things Operating System

Google’s newest operating system for IoT, Android Things, may or may not be the next big thing for IoT technology, as developers can now implement new applications and system based on Google’s machine learning, Android ecosystem, and Google Assistant voice assistant for communication between devices. With the help of the existing Raspberry Pi 3 Model support, you can now manage up to and over 100 devices using your smartphone or tablet.

Develop applications for your devices now to build a smart network for your connected devices, which helps you in increasing cost-efficiency, scaling your business, monitoring your processes, maintaining your resources, and many more, just by using your smartphone.

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