The main problem of traditional telematics and container & trailer tracking solutions are the closed data silos. The collected data of the customers are captured in the databases of the individual application provider. The new Internet-of-Things (IoT) development platforms advertise with a openness and modularity of the solution. The data of the crowd
On the other side low-power consuming and cheap prototyping devices with additional sensors for geo-location, shock detection, temperature measurement, light sensor, RFID detection are available. Currently the devices are a commodity and many additional use cases are possible like monitor the cool chain, detect theft and damages in real time.
IoT’s opportunity and challenge will be to connect 50 billion devices in a meaningful way to deliver truly distributed machine-to-machine applications. It will connect 10 times as many devices as the mobile revolution and be the driving transformation of our time. Therefore the IP6 was introduced to address all these new devices. With this amont of data the 25 years old HTTP protocol can’t meet the requirements of low overhead, response time, security and reliability. In this case two IoT protocols MQTT and CoAP introduced. MQTT can be used for event based publish and subscribe pattern. CoAP is a very fast, lightweight IoT protocol with a blockwise transfer, security, reliability, and discovery features.
Currently the big players Google, Amazon, Microsoft offering IoT platforms using the common IoT hardware platforms to connect all devices. But there are many other open IoT platforms and development frameworks like Relayr, Cumulocity, Kaa IoT, Site Where, DeviceHive, or DSA, Kura, Thinger.io to also connect and visualize the data. The plain sensor data will be graphical interpreted in a human readable dashboard overview.