IoT devices are empowered to be our eyes and ears when we can’t physically be there. Equipped with sensors, devices capture the data that we might see, hear, or sense. They then share that data as directed, and we analyse it to help us inform and automate our subsequent actions or decisions. There are four key stages in this process:
- . Capture the data. Through sensors, IoT devices capture data from their environments. This could be as simple as the temperature or as complex a real-time video feed.
- . Share the data. Using available network connections, IoT devices make this data accessible through a public or private cloud, as directed
- . Process the data. At this point, software is programmed to do something based on that data – such as turn on a fan or send a warning.
- . Act on the data. Accumulated data from all devices within an IoT network is analysed. This delivers powerful insights to inform confident actions and business decisions.