Building automation systems are usually comprised of a mix of disparate systems added at different points in time. The key to having all these differing systems and protocols communicate with one another is the integration of a gateway to handle the communication layer between devices and from device to cloud.
When it comes to the Internet of Things, a gateway is a vital part of the architecture. In addition to handling local processing and storage, an IoT gateway translates protocols, processes and manages/filters data.
Using a gateway allows for a variety of different protocols to be implemented easily in a project. All of the different devices and sensors can use an array of protocols such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee. Learn more about protocols in this blog post.
The IoT gateway device bridges the gap between operations and IT infrastructure. According to GlobalSign and Leverege, here are some of the key benefits of a gateway:
In summary, without a gateway, the IoT ecosystem would not be able to communicate from the device to the cloud. A gateway is a key component of any smart building project as it provides a very important connection and helps bring all types of devices from many protocols together.
If you are looking to start your journey on a smart building project, FSG Smart Buildings is here to help. Contact us today to take the next step on your building automation journey.
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