While device management often monopolizes the IoT conversation, data management is also crucial. Application data and the ability to collect data from devices while ensuring you’re not missing a vital insight are critical to the value of a solution.
Clearing the path for data to travel from device to platform to third-party software pays off with greater efficiency and better insights. Here’s how to achieve optimal data management:
Streamline IoT Data Organization and Transmission
Organizing data on the device is the first hurdle. Using software applications, IoT leaders can set devices to organize data in structured ways. The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) developed device management and communication protocols for machine-to-machine (M2M) or Internet of Things (IoT) called Lightweight M2M (LwM2M), which provides the ability to define data constructs called objects and set parameters for the object-associated data collection and storage. When creating an object, users can include thresholds that trigger data reporting. For example, perhaps they only need to hear from the device when it detects an alarming situation, such as when the temperature rises above a predefined level.
LwM2M users also have access to the Object Registry, a collection of reusable resources for developers. If another developer has already created a protocol for the device and the information they want to collect, you can use it instead of spending time to create your own.
When data is organized on the device using a set of standardized parameters and protocols, data transmission and interoperability is greatly simplified. The information is pre-cleansed and ready to feed into various tools for analysis.
Using LwM2M to Integrate with Third-Party Software, Including Microsoft Azure
Today’s best IoT solutions bring all data, whether related to device management or applications, through a primary channel to the platform level. At that point, developers might want to send the data to a third-party app. Telit OneEdge™ offers the flexibility to either use LwM2M as the main channel for all the tasks or to open a secondary channel to link data directly to a third-party service, such as Microsoft Azure. To do so, developers define a model of their application data and take those data directly into the IoT hub in Azure.
Gain Efficient and Scalable IoT Deployments
The LwM2M protocol can offer dramatic efficiency gains for your IoT deployment at scale. MachNation recently tested LwM2M’s efficiency against MQTT using a typical IoT device running both protocols. The results showed that LwM2M was:
- 72% more efficient than MQTT at delivering data during the initial connection.
- 88% more efficient during observation reporting.
- 31% more efficient when the device is monitoring behavior without actively reporting observations.
Utilizing LwM2M, Telit OneEdge helps you gain the dexterity you need to collect, manage, and analyze data from your IoT devices. That’s important because efficient data management — from the edge to the cloud — is a significant factor in the success of any IoT deployment.