The information lifecycle for the Internet of Things

In the IoT, the ability for newer, smarter devices to communicate with each other, with back-end datacenters and with related systems requires data to be processed into information in different ways and in more than one location and direction.


The IoT pushes data processing to the edge
As the figure illustrates, tactical data processing can occur at the controller tier with data analyzed near field to allow immediate action to be taken. This field level information analysis prompts action based on pre-defined business rules. Once those actions occur, summary information is relayed to the back-office for deep analysis. Knowledge gained from that analysis determines how best to optimize the system and can result in new rules being set to improve process flow.

The IoT pushes decision making to the edge
The constant feedback loop between tactical field operation and strategic information analysis allows decisions to be made as close as possible to the edge of the network. This results in reduced data transmission costs and quicker decision-making in enterprise IoT implementations.

The IoT can transform your data and your business
The IoT information lifecycle can lead to transformed, efficient business processes, the innovation of intelligent, self-aware and customized product solutions, and better customer experiences. Not to mention, new revenue streams, faster time to market, and higher profit margins.

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