Internet of Things

What Is The Internet of Things?

Internet of Things means connecting an embedded device to the internet, so data or commands can be sent and received from the embedded device to other devices, such as smart phones, tablets, PCs, and servers located anywhere in the world. Internet of Things enables companies to monitor or control their embedded devices remotely from a central location, while also allowing local user access by offering a mobile app for a smartphone or tablet.

In a typical Internet of Things application, the embedded device monitors inputs and controls outputs. The inputs could be sensors, while the outputs could control relays, pumps, valves, lights, motors, etc.

The embedded device firmware is responsible for reading the sensors and sending the data over the internet, while controlling outputs based on internal algorithms or commands received from the internet.

Usually, an internet-connected server or cloud computer stores the transmitted embedded data in a database, such as Oracle or SQL Server. The server / cloud software consists of web applications and services written in C#, Java, and other languages. This software is responsible for managing the data from possibly thousands of embedded devices and presenting an interface to the end user.

Tecnova is Uniquely Qualified

To develop an Internet of Things system requires expertise in many disciplines, including:

  • Hardware (circuitry)
  • Mechanical (enclosure)
  • Firmware (embedded application)
  • Software (server / cloud application)
  • Database (data storage)
  • Mobile Apps (tablet or Smartphone)

Tecnova is uniquely qualified to design and develop your Internet of Things system by having all the expertise in-house. Tecnova hardware and firmware engineers have years of experience developing Ethernet and Wi-Fi enabled embedded devices. In addition, our web application and services developers are experienced in communicating with embedded devices over the internet.

If you have a new Internet of Things idea, or just want to remotely monitor your current embedded device over the internet, Tecnova has the skills and experience to make it happen.