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The Internet of Things

What Is the Internet of Things?

Network-enabled devices that include embedded communication modules or that are designed to be used with gateways or routers are flooding the market. Consumer products that are designed to be used with a web or mobile application are becoming the norm. It is estimated that over 100 billion M2M-enabled devices are being shipped globally each year. This is the “Internet of Things” and its creation is firmly underway. 

In its simplest form, the Internet of Things describes how a device (a "thing") communicates with an application over the Internet. 

How Does This Work?

Taking a closer look, we see different types of devices comprising different types of networks that can communicate with a variety of applications over the Internet. These applications may have multiple interfaces. These device networks connect with the Internet and then communicate with the applications via a backhaul network. This backhaul network is the communications backbone of the Internet infrastructure.

The many types and individual components of infrastructure can create massive complexities for solution providers. To increase the speed to market, infrastructure must be packaged into services that are easily accessible and drive economies of scale.

As a result, Infrastructure is typically packaged up and sold in portions, commonly referred to as: 

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)

Why Use the Device Cloud by Etherios™ to Manage the Internet of Things?

Device Cloud by Etherios is an infrastructure service designed to provide application integration with device networks. In the Cloud stack it provides the services typically associated with IaaS and PaaS. Based upon an extended cloud computing model, Device Cloud solves the challenges of massive scalability and service reliability of the Internet of Things while meeting the security requirements of globally accepted standards for security and privacy.

Device Cloud provides the most cost-effective way to release applications on a large-scale, simplifying the complexities of:

  • Taking applications to market
  • Integrating new things
  • Managing infrastructure
  • Managing growth
  • Security requirements

The Cloud serves the purpose of providing data services to customer applications through published interfaces. This data comes from M2M devices that are used to connect local networks, such as ZigBee or Wi-Fi, to the cellular network.

The Cloud hides the complexity of the M2M integration. As new devices are released into the market, solution providers can take advantage of them without having to modify their application.

The Device Cloud architecture provides the developer with the ability to remain focused on building great software, as opposed to building infrastructure. Other benefits include reducing the time-to-market, increased service reliability, elastic scalability and reduced security threats.