Internet of Things or IoT has been a buzzword in the tech world for the past decade. This promising technology has clearly established its commercial viability. Some of its diverse examples which people across the world are using are connected cars, wearables, smart HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems, and so on. IoT is becoming more and more ubiquitous by the day.
Moreover, multiple industries are adopting IoT solutions and leveraging them to optimize their operations. Some of them are retail, healthcare, manufacturing, and so on. And the number of potential industries is unlimited. Imagine dialing Spectrum customer service phone number and speaking to an IoT-enabled assistant who instead of giving automated and robotic replies, intelligently addresses your query. Doesn’t seem very far-fetched, does it!
Optimized IoT operations can be deployed in tons of potential industries. But for that, advancement in device management is mandatory. Let’s discuss it.
The Potential of IoT
It is understandable why all the people related to tech are excited and intrigued about the latest developments in the IoT. Internet of Things is yet to reveal its massive potential. It all depends on the developments and improvements in device management. Improved device management clubbed with cutting-edge and groundbreaking IoT designs is a perfect marriage. This can be a game-changer for so many things that we do in our daily lives.
That’s why tech-related people consider device management enhancements as a critical part of unleashing the potential of IoT. Unfortunately, device management has been neglected over the years. The focus is mainly centered on the capabilities of the devices with IoT settings instead of how they work. There were many expected IoT breakthroughs, which were doomed because the responsible people didn’t pay attention to device management.
Device Administration in an Ever-Evolving IoT Landscape
Companies and tech giants have finally realized that without working on device management, IoT innovation is not possible. Device administration and management focus on three main principles.
Firstly, there is an evident distinction between the device data and the app data. They are completely separate. Secondly, a dynamic combo of portal components and modules work together effectively for device management. Thirdly, a single pane is used for control of operations as well as full deployment status.
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These three principles are vital in seamlessly moving forward with device administration and management.
Things to Take Care of For Device Management
The following factors need to be taken into consideration while managing devices:
- Make sure that IoT devices are effectively and securely working after their successful deployment
- Operational awareness is important. Increase it to know what’s going on in each device
- The ideal approach would be to enable receiving alerts in an event of any exceptions in the device operations
- Make sure you have secured access to the IoT devices
- Also, you can monitor device health remotely
Remote device management reduces the total expense of operational effort as well as the cost of ownership. Ditching the on-site maintenance visits lowers costs noticeably.
Updates Are Inevitable
No matter how much we love to believe that devices launched with IoT initiatives will perform perfectly, eventually, they will need to be updated. After all, it is a device, no matter how ideally invented. From data generation to behavior to foundational firmware platform, it will require updates in everything.
Connection Management and Backups
The fruit of all these IoT-managed devices is data. Therefore, in order to harvest the data, connection management is vital. This useful data needs to be gathered in a meaningful way to reap all the benefits.
Therefore, you need to make sure that you have alternate ways to reconnect devices if they go offline. Because you cannot afford to lose valuable data and for that, you need to ensure a connection backup. Another alternate solution is developing the ability of devices to hold data until they regain a stable connection.
Advanced device management also includes being able to build, design, and reset devices remotely. That’s essential for device management, software updates, and various other fundamentals. Make sure that you are able to maintain all the devices at every scale. Furthermore, you should be able to customize the subsets of all these devices based on multiple factors such as location, use cases, and so on.