In today's IoT frenzy, a lot of companies rush to connect sensors and provide all sorts of monitoring services, and carriers will happily bill them for the data that transits through their networks.
But sending all the raw data to the cloud for processing and intelligence is inefficient and expensive, notes Paul Glynn, CEO of Irish startup Davra Networks. With the release of its RuBAN application enablement platform, the three-year-old Irish company jumps on the “fog computing” bandwagon with a clear goal to add local value to IoT data before it even reaches the cloud.
“Out of the estimated 50 billion connected devices that may be deployed by 2020, the vast majority will not have a direct connection to the cloud but will pass on their data through local gateways or routers,” explains Glynn.
“Often, most of the generated data is irrelevant. A sensor may indicate it’s still operational, or that the values it monitors remain unchanged, and often that data could be dumped,” he tells EETimes Europe. While a lot of network and mobile operators see the IoT as an opportunity to sell more SIM cards and data plans, Glynn presents the cloud-based RuBAN platform as a way to build new data services while focusing on data reduction.
In Davra's solution, data is gathered, filtered, and managed near its source, and only relevant information is sent to the cloud to be turned into insightful business intelligence calling for action. Following Cisco’s fog computing concept, simple sets of rules running on the gateways’ embedded computers can enable local intelligence.
“That way, networks evolve beyond object connectivity, to data services,” he says. “Last year, Cisco would have supplied a router, but now they offer routers bundled with data services” he added.