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3 ways to architect your smart sensor system

If you search the internet for information on how to set up smart sensor technology, chances are you’ll uncover a vast amount of information, ranging in complexity from the deceptively simple to the virtually incomprehensible.

In reality, the type of system architecture you need depends on your main reasons for wanting to adopt the technology in the first place. Here’s a quick summary of the three different ways to introduce smart sensor technology into your building or home.

1. If you want to integrate data into your existing software or platform

Here, our smart gateway receives sensor data, converts it into industry-standard MQTT protocol and makes it securely available locally or via the cloud, so you can easily integrate it into existing software or platforms. It comes with ready-made connections to leading IoT platforms, such as Microsoft Azure and IBM Watson. This kind of set up would be right for you if you’re looking to make your whole building smart by gathering sensor data and analysing it and using it to inform the way you manage your building.Alternatively, you might just be looking to introduce one smart element into the way your building’s run. For example, perhaps you want real-time data from occupancy sensors to feed into your room booking system so you know the availability shown is always up to date. The principle would be just the same – it’s all about linking sensor data to an existing IoT platform.

2. If you just want to automate control

If you don’t need to collect and store data, you can miss out using a system or software altogether. Smart controllers can receive data directly from our sensors, letting you automate control of heating, lighting, machinery and more, with minimal impact on your IT operations. An example of a system like this would be a hotel or meeting room where the air conditioning turns off automatically as you open a window. It saves energy by responding to the way the building is used in real time, but the data isn’t collected for future reporting or analysis.

3. If you want to integrate data into an existing building management system (BMS)

The third option gives you automated control, but on a bigger, building-wide scale. Data from our sensors feeds into your existing building management system with protocols such as Modbus, letting you monitor and control conditions with minimal input. If you’re not sure what sort of system architecture you need, just get in touch. We understand different organisations have different reasons for introducing smart technology and we can help you get the capabilities you need in the most cost-effective way.


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