Understand Internet of Things

– Get the overview here

IoT is short for Internet of Things; an overall term for all physical components with the ability to transfer data via the internet.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Internet of Things makes electronic devices and products intelligent, enabling them to collect data and convert them into valuable knowledge for the consumer or the company.
IoT is enabled through the use of commodity sensors that collect information. This information is converted into valuable insights by means of data analysis tools. The data is then presented via a customer-specific interface, which can be set up with various notifications and alarms for different units, such as a smartphone or a PC.

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What is Internet of Things?

Iot Ting

The device (Thing)

Most often a product with a sensor which collects or transmits data

Iot Data ikon

Data transfer (Internet)

The network to which the device is connected and connected to the Internet

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Data is processed and presented via a user interface either on a mobile device or PC

Internet of Things (IoT) – technically

The wireless technology used depends on the product. IoT products typically use Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE), WiFi, NB-IoT, LTE-M, Cellular IoT, LoRa, Sigfox, Zigbee, Zwave, NFC or RFID. The technologies can also be combined for an optimal result and ensure that as a partner you are not tied to one particular technology. See more about the technologies under the “IoT-technology” menu.
The technology of our Bluetooth Smart sensors offers a very low energy consumption, which means that the sensors can operate from five to ten years on a single button cell battery (CR2032). In some cases, you can spare the battery and harvest the energy inputs of the surrounding environment – such as thermal energy (temperature changes), vibration, light or wind. This is also referred to as Energy Harvesting. See more about Energy Harvesting here.

Several sensor modules developed by Xtel:

Several sensors can be combined in one solution:

  • Temperatures in surrounding environment
  • Temperature in specific locations up to 1250 degrees
  • Humidity
  • Vibration
  • Pressure – Atmospheric
  • Pressure
  • Proximity (radio and capacitive)
  • Operations time
  • CO2 – Indoor climate
  • Gyro
  • Liquid level
  • Light
  • Sound