Fridges, lamps, clocks, and flashlights have captured consumers’ and markets’ attention. But these everyday objects are not the only ones that have enhanced their functions by connecting and accessing the Internet. Different industries also use IoT and cloud as tools to facilitate the registration, storage, and access of data -which do not necessarily come from their users but from industrial objects-; which would result in company growth.
Together, the cloud and the Internet of Things increase the efficiency of essential activities in companies; separately, they also have other utilities. The cloud is the possibility of storing information in external servers that can only be accessed through the Internet. This storage option offers advantages such as: being able to access them immediately from any device anywhere in the world, and you do not need rare software. The service providers usually offer free storage capacity and replace the infrastructure, especially for companies.
On the other hand, the Internet of Things, or IoT for short, refers to the diversity of objects and devices – which can be anything, such as sensors, mechanical devices, footwear, and clothing – that collect and share information among various companies and industries.
“Cloud computing, generally referred to simply as “the cloud,” involves delivering data, applications, photos, videos, and more over the Internet to data centers. Meanwhile, Internet of Things is the term for connecting devices (other than standard ones, such as computers and smartphones) to the Internet.”
The Relation between IoT and cloud
Knowing that IoT relies on the cloud to store, process, and subsequently use the data they generate, it could be said that their relationship is apparent. When companies need to extract data for analysis, they rely on the Internet of Things as a source, and this data is stored in the cloud. So, the cloud can be seen as the medium that keeps a large amount of data generated by the Internet of Things, which is quick and easy to collect because it is connected to the Internet. And although there is reciprocity, IoT depends on the cloud, but the cloud does not depend on IoT for its operation.
Advantages of implementing IoT and Cloud in your company
Today, companies from different sectors -agriculture, oil, electricity, transportation, manufacturing, and healthcare- are taking advantage of this hyperconnected world by using technology such as the Internet of Things and the cloud to improve operational efficiency. Among the advantages of their use, we can find:
– The existence of IoT generates data that continues to empower Machine Learning and Analytics, so businesses can continue to benefit from the practice of Data Science.
– It gives businesses access to information through analytics and performance reporting.
– They are cost-effective in the long term, reliable, and provide accessibility.
– Compared to the large infrastructure it might require, using the cloud as storage for IoT data is more cost-effective.
– Real-time control and monitoring of data, which you can compare with other historically collected data.
– It adapts to the needs of the business without further complication, whether you need more or less storage capacity.
Together, the cloud and the Internet of Things increase the efficiency of essential business activities.
Even though IoT is making an incursion into people’s daily lives, it is a great help for different sectors. Working together, the Internet of Things and The Cloud help your business as a tool for data recording and subsequent management.
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