How to build an IoT application in under a day

The challenges of building out your first IoT solution from prototype to production (and how Ubidots helps you solve them).

The Internet of Things (IoT) was built to solve messy, real-world problems—and the journey to integrating IoT technology into broader informational ecosystems is almost always equally messy. That’s why IoT isn’t something you can buy in a store (or anywhere else), neatly packaged up and ready to go. You’ll need to either build your IoT solution with lots of time, patience and TLC, or connect your devices to an application enablement platform platform that has solved similar problems before—potentially cutting down your development of an IoT application from 18 months to under a day. This article will walk you through both paths to IoT implementation.

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Is there a Human Machine Interface for Predictive Maintenance?

Today, companies in many heavy industries such as manufacturing, power generation, oil & gas, renewables, metals, chemicals, and mining are applying predictive maintenance (PdM) techniques to their multi-million dollar global operations to reduce the costs and downtime associated with unexpected critical machine failure and damage.

In many ways, a doctor-patient relationship is a good analogy to the technician-machine relationship in terms of trying to understand the significance of an observed condition. Imagine a patient’s body temperature is higher than normal. This could be caused by several things – some normal (e.g. strenuous exercise) and some that indicate sickness (e.g. fever) that should be treated.

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Five main reasons why IIoT Projects fail at the Proof of Concept stage

Nearly 70% of IoT and implicitly IIoT initiatives fail at the Proof of Concept (PoC) stage, according to a recent study by Cisco. Though the number looks high, it resembles the past records of other new initiatives such as cloud computing, agile initiatives or likewise.

What are the main reasons for such high failure rate of the projects at an early stage? I am attempting to highlight few main factors that could lead to such a situation:

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Ubidots and PubNub Partner to Provide Unrivaled Security, Latency, and Reliability

Ubidots is very excited to join the global data network of PubNub to provide unrivaled security, minimal latency, industry-standardized compliance with critical reliability. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a complex ecosystem to navigate and Ubidots and PubNub look to make it easier for all IoT innovators to create end-to-end IoT solutions. All IoT solutions require: 1) Hardware, 2) Connectivity, 3) Backend services, and 4) Application Enablement. This partnership combines PubNub’s global data network services with the application enablement capabilities of the Ubidots platform. When paired with the IoT device of your choosing, this partnership provides a complete toolkit to build industrial-grade IoT solutions.

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IoT in Retail: 7 Real Examples

Many business have started hearing about Internet of Things. There are not too many cases of big retailers implementing some pilots and incorporating projects in their stores. Today, you will read a very complete list of IoT projects implemented in retail and how your business can get started with it today. By the end of this post, you might be impressed with the amount of things you can start doing. Continue reading “IoT in Retail: 7 Real Examples”

Designing for the Internet of Things

If you’re thinking about designing an ideal data structure for your Internet of Things application, then here’s what you should do: don’t do it.

As it turns out, the Internet of Things requires a huge deal of flexibility. Why? Because there are millions -if not billions- of heterogeneus objects that will begin interacting with each other in ways we can’t predict. The structured and rigid tables offered by traditional databases won’t help us because they require a pre-defined set of properties and tables, which again, we can’t predict.

To understand why this is important, let’s take an example of a water management application. Continue reading “Designing for the Internet of Things”