What is need to integrate IOT into your system, have you considered how?

  • Hardware requirement
  • Software Changes
  • The cost of upkeep

IOT or Internet of Things is an expanding service that the industrial world seems interested in integrating into there systems and networks. However, like many new systems there are barriers that might stop some from investing into this new technology. We at Dajo Solutions have seen this when discuss this with other and wanted to share some of our experiences

 

How the Pricing and ongoing payments effect the system

Cost is a key component in the downfall of some project and it’s no different here because these devices are new and not integrated into industrial hardware at the moment, there is an extra cost to have an extra device in your system. This is of course countered by the benefits of the device such as remote information and data collection.

One of the biggest hurdles to IOT is the ongoing cost with the data plans. Since a lot of these devices need access to the internet in location where WIFI is not available. Many devices to overcome this can use sim cards to send data, but this cost can widely vary. The largest part is the volume of data or the frequency of the data contributing to a new ongoing cost. In our experience this has been the main reason these projects stumble.

One Way we discussed removing this issue is Setting the device up to connect to a specific internet and offloading data only when connected to that Wi-Fi point. Of course, this comes with its own issues such as storing the data on the device but could be a solution to data cost.

 

What hardware and software changes may be need to successful integrate?

Of course, when you add a new part to your system changes need to occur both proactively and retroactively. Like before there is new hardware to add, and you need to make sure they can fit in the place you want them to go. Most IOT gateways are designed for control panels and can link to standard panel railing.

To allow the data to be used you must connect the two devices via a communication method. A lot of these IOT systems use an industrial communication like Modbus TCP and some use CAN. Of course, with this you need to have your original system capable of using these methods and making sure you use the right gateway as well.

With all the hardware set up it’s the case of setting the software so that they can receive the data you want to see. This of course can be done in house or by Business like us at DAJO solutions. In house has the issue of having top learn how to use this new device and software where outsourcing could cost more for the company.

Final tips

Here at Dajo solutions have worked with different IOT solutions now for over a few years and have seen benefit and downsides to every solution as everything has. However, these solutions still are new to the industrial world and as time goes on, they are become cheap and easy to work with. The key message is to remember how much this is going to benefit either the Business directly or indirectly through your clients.

If you wish to speak with us to get some expert advice email us here: office@dajo.co.uk or call us on 01327 354 693