Identifying the hardware and device participating in connecting solution. Enterprise IoT solution has to identify the hardware, equipment, and machinery from an existing inventory of devices. It has to partner with an OEM to source appropriate sensors, actuators, adapters, bridges, and other hardware. The combination of existing devices provide the source of data which is acquired by the platform.
An enterprise IoT solution deals with a variety of connectivity mechanisms and protocols.
It includes how the sensors and actuators talk to legacy devices, how the device generates the raw format of the datasets. It also includes how the devices talk to the edge layer. And above all, the protocol translation that takes place between the devices and the gateway.
Legacy devices use PLCs, RTUs, and telemetry systems that depends on BACnet and Modbus for generation of data.
Sensors talk to the gateway and edge layer through Bluetooth Low Energy, Z-Wave, ZigBee, WiFi, Ethernet, Serial Port. The data format can be CSV to XML to JSON. After that, the edge layer translate the transport protocol and wire-format protocols before sending the data to the IoT platform.
The organization identifies everything that’s required to onboard physical devices for connecting platform by the end of this step.