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IoT Platform Technology

■ Development Trend

In the context of the fourth digital revolution, all the devices at the ‘things’ end are transforming from stand-alone units to the constituents of the Internet of Things (IoT) that can perceive and express. With tens of billions of devices going online and becoming smarter, the physical world is being reshaped. 5G RedCap, Wi-Fi HaLow and other advanced communication technologies will accelerate the transformation from IoT through AIoT, digital twin, and metaverse. It is estimated that the number of IoT connections in China will reach 20 billion in 2025. Together with mass connection, things capable of perceiving will drive the digital process of all industries and ultimately achieve intelligence.

■ Technical Framework

The IoT platform integrates such capabilities as device management, secure data transmission, and message subscription. While it supports mass device connection and transmits device data to the cloud in the southbound direction, it provides cloud API so that the server can call the API to send commands to the devices for remote control in the northbound direction.



■ Business Challenges 

Fragmented businesses

Traditional digitalization construction has gone through decades, yet the IoT landscape remains very fragmented due to such factors as diversified end devices, varying protocol standards, business interests protection, etc. It is very hard to find any one role or company that can cover all links of IoT. The idea of “IoT ecology” is on the rise in recent years, facilitating the digital transformation of the entire industry. Now the IoT industry is seeing more and more roles. As a link that drives the intelligent perception and interconnection of things, IoT strives to promote the development of the entire industry in a standardized, ecological and concerted manner.

Mass data

No matter how customer needs change, their ultimate goal is to cut cost, enhance efficiency, and bring new growth points for businesses. Data is at the core of IoT platforms. Given that a wind generator set collects data every 1 second, 1000 generator sets will collect 700TB time series data in 3 years. Existing public clouds cannot offer a database to meet such enormous data size, not to mention the huge cost that prevents the project from being launched. This puts forward such questions as how to govern data, how to store hierarchical data, and how to purge and extract data more efficiently. It is estimated that the data generated from IoT devices will account for over 90% of the world’s total in 5 years. Mass data presents businesses with cost pressure and technical challenges, yet also brings about huge space for innovation and development.

Complicated framework

Constructed based on the operating experience with infrastructures, IoT platforms have to be equipped with global scene capacity like a PaaS platform does. It is very hard to balance between IoT platform abstraction and the learning cost. Complexity is still the biggest pain point, therefore it is crucial to plan beforehand and make adequate preparations. 

Security issues

While IoT offers devices and businesses larger space, the data is more likely to suffer external attack. The consequence might be fatal if the data cannot be transmitted safely and reliably, as it involves not only financial loss but also potential personal safety.

■ Technical Advantages

Zero-touch provisioning

Enterprises can deploy IoT devices automatically in bulk and finish 

enrollment in very quick manner.

Rule engine

The engine provides rule chains for a maximum of 55 node types, 

including data filtering, enhancement, transformation, processing, 

etc. A combination of these nodes enables processing of data 

uploaded by devices and lifecycle events of various entities to 

flexibly respond to various business flows and workflows. 

Abstract entity models

Rich server-side APIs are provided to achieve provision, monitor 

and control of IoT entities in a secure manner, and to define the 

relation between devices, assets or any other entities.

Code-free development application/scheme template

With up to over 90 visual widgets under 13 categories, developers 

can finish the design of a visual dashboard within hours without any 

requirement for coding knowledge to display all the data more 


■ Application Scenarios

Smart energy: energy monitoring and efficiency analysis

Intelligent agriculture: remote integration of water and fertilizer, monitoring of products and devices

Intelligent logistics: logistics fleet tracking and management

Smart city: monitoring of air and water quality, terrain, and public water pumps, real-time tracking of streetlights, manhole covers, fire hydrants, and other city facilities

Smart retail: control of food quality, indoor storage conditions and security

■ Vantron Solution

Vantron IoT solution comprises BlueSphere MDM and BlueSphere IIoT, which are designed to help companies construct integrated IoT solution template/applications in a fast, comprehensive and secure manner, thus combining mass data generated by end devices with business characteristics for efficient operation at low costs.

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