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Interoperability: the secret to a successful IoT infrastructure

15th May 2018

In recent years, more and more companies and public administrations have opted for the use of interoperable systems because of their multiple advantages.

But what’s the relationship between IoT and interoperability? You’ll find the answer in this post, but before that you should understand well what interoperability means. Generally speaking, we could say that it’s about the ability of information systems or components to exchange and use data with other systems, or their capacity to connect and exchange information.

What is most important regarding interoperable systems is that they greatly simplify the organisation and integration of information management for companies.

-Not to be missed: Definition and Importance of Interoperability-

Why is Interoperability a key factor in IoT?

Now that you know a bit more about the notion of interoperability, it’s time to discover why it is a key factor for the success of IoT. Are you ready? For starters, we’ll say that it’s about technology that encourages the transformation of the way we work, live and interact with one another.  

“In order to guarantee a safe, efficient and intelligent IoT infrastructure that adds value, reduces costs and is scalable, interoperability is essential“.

In order to guarantee a safe, efficient and intelligent IoT infrastructure that adds value, reduces costs and is scalable, interoperability is essential.

IoT platforms are based on open structures that are able to connect multiple and varied components and devices.  It should be noted that, thanks to the constant evolution of the background and features of these platforms, the daily inclusion of new apps and devices is rather simple.

Such open structures ensure that not only are all components working co-ordinately at all times, but also that they run properly within the omnichannel infrastructure of any company by aligning and synchronising all its different areas.

What should we do to maximise the profits of interoperability?

If we wish to connect multiple devices, apps, protocols, and create an “any app, any net, any device” model, it is necessary to develop a series of distinct standards: scalability, security, horizontal integration and interoperability.

Scalability

In order to prepare the platform’s infrastructure and network to support IoT scalability, it is necessary to work with coherence. That means, certain design requirements must be met to protect the central network’s mechanisms and to allow the efficient use of the network’s resources.

Security

It is undoubtedly a highly important aspect! If any kind of infringement, violation or data loss is to be prevented, certain standard security protocols must be followed to ensure protection for IoT networks.

Horizontal Integration

In order to achieve total connectivity among all the different devices and apps, it is essential to interconnect them horizontally. It’s important to mention that a big part of such integration is often organised vertically, which makes information sharing more difficult. For this reason, a network infrastructure which relies on open APIs, services and interfaces will help create a better, simpler and more profitable coordination between the different protocols, devices and/or elements within the company.

-Interoperability and successful data exchange in the healthcare sector –

Achieve complete interoperability for your company easily

Ensuring the success of your IoT platform through interoperability is very simple. Now, you only need to know how to achieve it for your company so you can maximise the profits, and we have the solution!: WSO2.

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