By 2015, more than 15 billion compute- and Internet-enabled devices will be connected to the cloud and each other in what is commonly called the Internet of Things (IoT). Connectivity is imperative to realizing the power of the IoT, which can allow gaining insight from data provided by these connected devices.
Today’s industrial devices and other systems are often designed with ...interconnectivity and the ability to share data in mind. That leaves a lot of useful data locked away in a massive array of equipment, like HVAC units, vending machines, fleet management, and much more. The ability to process that data and gain useful information from it exists today with Big Data clusters and other types of computing. But the data remains inaccessible. Thus, there is a definite need to address interoperability of legacy systems in order to avoid the incredibly large cost of replacing all existing infrastructure with Internet-enabled components.