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Opening the IoT Gateways Into the Future of Connected Devices

Posted by Christian Sullivan on Jan 29, 2018 12:00:00 PM

IoT gateways, also known as intelligent gateways, are the key to almost any IoT solution. Traditional gateways perform protocols mostly for connecting a network to an outside network. They act like a computer with multiple ports that connect devices to the internet.

 To get more granular on this, an IoT gateway is an enhanced version, operating as more than just a router; it’s intelligent. It is intelligent in a way where programmable devices can perform in-depth and complex processing of IoT data. An IoT gateway aggregates sensor data and translates this data between sensor protocols (since compatibility is one of IoT’s biggest enemies) and understands/processes this data before sending it out.

How Does an IoT Gateway Work?

An IoT gateway bridges the gap between the internal networks of sensor nodes with the internet. Sensors can connect to this gateway through various methods being wireless over WiFi, serial, etc. Exporting the data either to an HMI, cloud or mobile device allows this information to be read and decisions to be made. For example: Let us take an IoT home automation solution. A temperature sensor installed in a home reads the temperature and connects to the gateway. The gateway allows this temperature sensor to connect to the internet, which allows the end user (home owner) to control and monitor the temperature while they are mobile.

How Can an IoT Gateway Benefit Your Customers’ Company?

One of the greatest benefits of consulting with Tech Data’s IoT team on your customers’ IoT gateway needs is the variety we have to offer. Not all gateways perform all of the same functions. Some gateways act as an adapter to transfer data via serial to Ethernet or can be used strictly for edge devices to connect them wirelessly to an HMI via WiFi. For companies using legacy equipment, we can offer retrofitting. IoT gateways can bridge that connection between legacy equipment with sensors for application in solutions such as predictive maintenance.

Finally, by using certain gateways, software can be implemented to act as a virtual firewall within the gateway to stop any devices that don’t belong from entering or filter data that may be dangerous from being directly submitted through the network and to your customers’ computer.

Speak with the Tech Data IoT Solutions team today at iot@techdata.com, and  learn how we can help you find the right IoT gateway for your customers’ needs.

Tags: Internet of Things (IoT), Gateways