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Optimizing IoT Networks for Your Facility

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has been rapidly gaining popularity over the past few years and for good reason. It has opened up a world of possibilities for businesses and individuals alike, by allowing them to collect and analyze data in ways that were previously impossible. 

IoT technology allows building automation systems to be more flexible, scalable, and responsive to changing conditions. For example, occupancy sensors can be used to automatically adjust lighting and temperature settings based on the number of people in a room or to optimize airflow in response to changing weather conditions. 

IoT networks are well-suited for multi-site businesses for several reasons:

  • Centralized Management: IoT networks allow for centralized management of multiple devices and sites, enabling businesses to easily monitor and control their operations from a single location. This saves time and resources and reduces the risk of errors that can arise from managing multiple sites independently.
  • Real-time Monitoring: IoT devices can be used to monitor various aspects of a business’s operations, such as temperature, humidity, energy usage, and security. With IoT networks, businesses can receive real-time data from multiple sites, allowing them to quickly identify and respond to issues as they arise.
  • Improved Efficiency: By providing real-time data and centralized control, IoT networks can help businesses optimize their operations and improve efficiency. For example, businesses can use IoT devices to automate processes, reduce waste, and optimize energy usage.
  • Cost Savings: IoT networks can help businesses save money by automating simple tasks which allows staff to focus elsewhere, minimizing maintenance costs, and improving efficiency. By providing real-time data, businesses can also identify and address issues before they become costly problems.
IoT allows for monitoring multiple systems and sites from one single location.

Overall, IoT networks are a powerful tool for multi-site businesses, enabling them to monitor and control their operations from a single location, improve efficiency, and reduce costs.  

Understand, however, that not every IoT network is configured the same way.  Your particular facility will dictate the way an optimized IoT network works best for your business.

Wired vs Wireless

IoT sensors fall into one of two groups, both of which capture data and make remote access, information gathering and analysis possible.  Each group has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to understand the characteristics of both in order to know which applications are best suited for which technology.

Advantages of wired systems:

  • Reliability: Wired systems are generally more reliable than wireless systems, as they are not subject to interference or signal loss.
  • Security: Wired systems are more secure than wireless systems, as they cannot be hacked or intercepted by unauthorized users.
  • Compatibility: Wired systems are typically more compatible with a wider range of equipment given that this is older technology with a long history of development, innovation industry adoption.
  • Cost: Wired systems are generally less expensive than wireless systems, as they do not require the installation of additional hardware such as repeaters and additional gateways.

Advantages of wireless systems:

  • Ease of installation: Wireless systems are easier and faster to install than wired systems, as they do not require the installation of wires and cables.
  • Flexibility: Wireless systems offer greater flexibility in terms of placement and installation, as sensors and controllers can be placed anywhere within range of the wireless network.
  • Scalability: Wireless systems are easily scalable, as new sensors and controllers can be added to the network without the need for additional wiring.
  • Accessibility: Wireless systems can be a good option for retrofitting existing buildings where wiring may not be feasible or practical.
Every business is different and has different communication needs.

The choice between wired and wireless depends on your specific system requirements and the unique challenges that your facility presents at the physical layer.  Both will provide the information you need to make better decisions around your business, but one may be better suited for your specific needs in your specific buildings.