Control of the IoT device is essential for a robust IoT solution. In fact, most cloud providers use this system for their platforms. In fact, many giant companies like Google, Microsoft and Amazon use them. In this article, we are going to talk about this system and why it is so important.
1. Authentication and provisioning
Before installing an IoT device, make sure it is reliable and secure. In other words, the device must be genuine and run reliable software. Basically provisioning is the process of enrolling a device and authentication is the verification process.
2. Control and configuration
All device types must be configured and controlled when they are first installed. For example, if you install a tracker in your vehicle, you will need to configure it first.
Therefore, the ability to control and configure a device after deployment is important enough to ensure proper performance, functionality, and protection. Apart from this, you should be able to reset the devices to their default settings.
3. Monitoring and diagnosis
In addition to the configuration, you should also be able to troubleshoot operational problems and other software errors. However, you must first be able to identify errors. And for this purpose, it is important that you monitor the system on a regular basis. This is essential for a proper diagnosis. Almost all device management programs have diagnostic program logs.
4. Software updates and maintenance
If you can identify bugs or security flaws in a device, be sure to update the device software or firmware. Since there may be thousands of devices, updating manually may not be feasible. Therefore, your device management software should be able to update automatically.
The beginning of IoT device management
Many IoT solution providers did not prefer IoT device management first. However, as these functionalities became more important, almost all the major cloud providers, such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google, began to use primary IoT device management. However, it is important to note that basic IoT device management cannot meet all business needs.
Why do we need more than the basics?
In IT departments, device management started as the management of computing resources in organizations. However, it progressed with the advent of smartphones that emphasized the importance of managing mobile devices. Today, you can find tons of devices in a single IoT solution.
In the past, device management approaches revolved around the assumption that device connectivity must be stable and persistent. For example, the diagnostic and monitoring section on a system can point to logs of downloaded programs and CPU usage. However, in the case of IoT, these solutions involve many devices for high bandwidth and persistent connectivity.
Depending on the application, IoT solutions vary considerably. Some of the solutions require persistent connectivity and high bandwidth, while others do not have this requirement. For example, agricultural IoT applications use tons of sensors like equipment assets, sunlight, soil moisture, and temperature trackers. For these sensors, long battery life is of utmost importance.
So this was an introduction to IoT device control and management. I hope you find this article useful and informative.