Voice Control Devices using Alexa & Googlehome

Voice Control Devices using Alexa & Googlehome

Human race has been tied to actions by touch for a prolonged period. Touch is something bound to the extend to which you can stretch your arms and body. Sound and Vision goes a long way beyond horizons. The advent of image processing techniques largely influenced the addition of visual recognition to the machines. Along with the Industry 4.0 and the current home automation trend, a lot of innovation is happening over Sound. We can control everything around us with voice using voice hearing robots like Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, Microsofts’ Cortana, Google Home / Assistant.

Home Automation leads the Voice Race

Voice and IoT go hand in hand, freeing users from being tied down by screens, data and physical inputs. Voice commands have arguably become one of the greatest and quickest way to control home devices. Just give a voice command from anywhere to automate your device at home. Turning on the air-conditioning before actually stepping inside the home. Turning off the lights when no one is in the room and controlling the brightness of light for energy efficiency. Adding connectivity to fire safety devices can provide house owners with the ability to monitor remotely and even send alerts to neighbors in the event of emergency. When you develop smart home for your customers, you need to get the IoT platform that already has voice integration. Bevywise IoT platform is one such platform that comes out of the box with integration for Google Home / Assist & Amazon Alexa.

Voice control in Industries

Industries today has not started embracing the voice as a primary medium. The world has been fed up with typing for a long time. It is time to rethink the integration of voice into the manufacturing echo system. Sirens has been used for a long time to mark time and alarms for emergency. However, we believe more reporting in the future will happen using voice than the need for texual reading and writing. Wherever you go the lighting and temperature controls all perform in concert to optimize your comfort based on your pre-determined personal indictors. In order to check the growth of a particular year, you can use voice control and this will create a graph show-casting the year’s growth in click through rates. This will eventually replace going through files manually.

We can strengthen the security of the industry instead of swiping cards. In addition, The proper functioning of your machines can be monitored periodically with a voice command anywhere, anytime. In order to start the meeting, just give a voice command to your voice assistant, it will turn on the video conference system and dial into the conference hall. The automation creates intelligent processes for monitoring and decision-making and to economize the supply chain and production.

Voice control in Health Care

With the advent of technology in medical care, we are generating a lot of medical records in the format of images and textual PDF. We are storing medical records in a highly secure environment. These data are highly analysed today to make very predictive solutions. One of the major integration we forsee for the medical care for the physicians are the integration of voice. We believe that physicians will be using more and more voice to pull out the medical records of patients and draw conclusions. This will be highly useful during surgical operations. Pulling records using voice will highly save time than manual entry of data on the screens.

The technology of voice recognization has come and long way so that the tools and devices today can understand variations in voice and also identify the owner to act accordingly.

You can connect your devices to the IoT Platform today by signing up to a fresh account.

Refer to the help documentation for how to integrate voice using Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

5 Top Benefits – Buy an IoT Cloud Platform

5 Top Benefits – Buy an IoT Cloud Platform

Business today needs to work on multiple verticals to roll out out great IoT Product and a great overall customer experience. IoT Cloud Platform is one of the core component of the Implementation. Business trying to build everything in house faces a lot of challenge. It will be more effective to ride your IoT Implementation over an existing Platform. Here is a five benefits you get when you buy an existing IoT Cloud Platform.

IoT Challenge is Wide – Build expertise on your Core

An IoT Implementation is a challenge that spans from edge hardware, firmware, industrial design, ware housing, logistics, software cloud , hosting, mobile apps, and more.  The challenge for any business that builds devices or provides solution for any enterprise as consultant or system integrator is huge. It is harder to build expertise end to end across all domains vertically and horizontally. Solution business core lies on the Hardware and they should put all their efforts on build a beautiful hardware experience and partner for the other domains which helps them grow bigger and faster.

Get the best of every industry

As an IoT Platform provider, we work with many verticals and ensure the best practices of the different domains. And we put them into the common platform, so that every customer gets the best of world in terms of the cloud platform and building apps over the platform. We bring in the best of the high precision industry like Pharma, aviation to everyone so that you provide the best experience to your customer.

Otherwise you will be building something specific to your industry which is limited in its own context

These expertise knowledge is something you get not only for the Cloud Platform, but also we pass it on to our customer on their application side as well as the edge device development as part of the consulting for our customers.

Scaling up the IoT Cloud Platform

Who will say no to a Hockey stick growth of your business. Building a platform for managing a few hundred of devices will be easy and look lucrative when build using a few pieces here and there. Good products fail when the numbers go up. They will not be able to scale up their platform when the numbers go up quickly than they expect it to grow.  IoT Platforms are build today to scale to millions of devices easily based on the need.

Support and Extended Team

Any IoT Platform provider will provide you with a round the clock support all 365 days to ensure that your Platform is running always. All fixes and upgrades they do will be pushed to your servers as well as make sure your Cloud servers are patched always for the best performance and security. We work as an extended team to with business to ensure that they reach their goal faster and easier.

Save Money & Time

It needs a dedicated team to build , host and scale up the IoT Cloud Platform and the APIs for the application building.  It takes at least an year of time and effort for the team to understand the requirement completely to build a scalable and fail proof System. An equal amount of effort and time is needed scaling up the platform for more devices and more functionality.

We provide the best of both the worlds over our platform providing a ready to run platform and at the same time providing options to extend it at the User interface level and at data analysis level, so that you can build solution to any vertical. 

You can always try our hosted Device manager for FREE which is our IoT Platform

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5 reasons to choose an IoT Platform over MQTT Broker

5 reasons to choose an IoT Platform over MQTT Broker

IoT and Industry 4.0 together pave the way for smart industrial developments and every industry needs a dedicated & personalized IoT/Industry 4.0 implementation. Even within a specific industry in medium and large enterprises, there are cases where the processes may require customization or a custom implementation of the solution. Such requirements result in millions of distinct IoT implementations in the entire world. In order to build cost effective solutions, these million implementations will need a central M2M engine (MQTT Broker) or an IoT Platform.

This blog helps you identify whether you need an IoT Platform or simple MQTT Broker to get start with  implementation.

Save Money with IoT Platform:

The IOT Platform provides everything that needs to be a part of the central M2M communication, Data Storage, REST APIs and more, in order to run a complete solution for any IOT automation. Using an IoT Platform as part of your implementation will have more advantages and higher cost savings than using MQTT Broker. This makes your server ready without spending a huge amount of money and time on implementing the same.

Easy scale up:

IoT Platforms are designed and built with scaling up your IOT Solution to handle millions of devices. But, Most platforms are micro services-based allowing you to deploy only the service you need. In the industrial implementation, there are two scenarios.

  1. Less number of devices and more messages per device
  2. Lot of devices and lower frequency of messages per device.

You can deploy higher connections and higher message rates with components of platform accordingly as per the situation. This is something not possible with the broker unless you go for some huge customization of the broker.

Multi tenancy:

Bevywise IoT Platform comes with multi tenancy. Most solutions today require more than one customer and you cannot have one instance per customer. Besides that Most industrial scenarios need Multi tenancy. Platforms implement multi tenancy from devices using different set of authentication keys, data processing & storage, and data analytics based on the organization.

Faster Time to market:

The core of any IoT Implementation is the edge device and the management of the devices using your mobile application. The IoT platforms provide REST based APIs and SDKs for the faster mobile application and other application integration. The platform helps to get you the complete IoT Solution up and running in days.

High Availability of IoT Platform:

IoT Platform comes with an in-built monitoring and self healing tools. The platform monitoring tools help in keeping the Dev-ops team informed of the server health. The self healing tools can be configured in such a way to restart the services based on the CPU and Memory usage, making the service work more reliably.

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IoT Implementation Series – Design the Data

IoT Implementation Series – Design the Data

As part of the IoT Implementation series, this topic covers the best practices in designing the data communication between the edge device and the Central Platform.

IoT Device to Cloud response

Humans always expects a response for every action. The response can be emotional, physical, visual or in any human understandable form. The same is the norm when we interact our intensions via an ioT device. Developers often miss the point that the edge device too need them for a completion of the response back to the humans. The acknowledgement user need is different from what the protocol provides. The protocol level ack message only confirms the receipt of the data at the edge or the server. But the action happens after the protocol ack is sent back. So you need to make sure you send back a message from the device or the server once the intended action is complete. The response should be a success or a fail message based on the outcome. Check the outcome before the message is triggered.

Design the right message handle

All IoT Protocols have an identifier for the event and command messages between device and manager application. MQTT calls it by the name Topic. It is very important to define good and clear topics for the communication. The topics should be very relevant as it should be understandable by the Humans too. It is advisable to have a mandatory device identifiers on the subscriptions, as we will be able to know where the command is going. For the events, it is the implementors choice to use the topic.

Send relevant Data to MQTT Cloud

An half baked data is equivalent to having no data. So make sure you put all the data available into the cloud from the edge. For example, when we collect a machine status from the edge device, the core information is about the health of the machine like temperature, coolant flow, vibration level. But we often loose sight of the time relevance at the edge. It is better to get the time from the edge device than use the time on the server. Add the device identifier also as part of the data which can help a lot during the data analysis. There will some more core information which may not be of interest today. But it is better to have them for future analysis.

Identify & Group the Devices

Different IoT Cloud application has different kind of device identification process. Most of them get this done when they add the device. But this process increases the human effort to add these devices. Bevywise Iot Platform allows any device to connect if they have the right auth keys. The device can send additional data later. Most of the IoT Protocols today does not allow you to send more information while connecting to the server. So identify the register command and the list of data requested by the IoT Platform and send it as a separate message based on the protocol.

On the platform side, you will be able to create device specific user interface for your operators based on their roles. The IoT Platform mostly need to know the type of the device, manufacturer, location, etc. But you can always customise it to have more information as needed for your IoT Device management and inventory.

Mobile integration

One of biggest deceiving point in the IoT Implementation is that the developers tend to use the same protocol to connect your mobile applications. But that is not the right IoT implementation of the mobile application. The mobile application should be built over the REST API of the IoT Platform and should be integrated with messaging system like Firebase Cloud messaging for the notification. As an option, developers can use the protocol based communication when the app is open for instant messages to the server, but should not depend on it end to end.

Bevywise Networks is an end to end solution provider for IoT Implementation for any vertical from Edge devices to IoT Cloud Platform. We would be happy to help you get your solution tailored by us.

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Bevywise IoT Gateway – Security, Bridging & more

Bevywise IoT Gateway – Security, Bridging & more

The IoT Gateway that comes inbuilt inside the MQTT Broker is enhanced to be secure and inter operable with other platforms.

Secure your devices:

IoT mandates central platform to connect every device and sensors for sending and receiving messages. Besides that The IoT Gateway isolates the devices behind the firewall to get isolate from the internet. The gateway acts as an intermediate devices to transfer messages between the edge devices and platform. We do support aggregation of messages and transparent transfer of messages.

Works with Any IoT Platform:

As the communication between the IoT Gateway and the central platform is via MQTT, the IoT Gateway can work with any platform like Azure Iot , AWS IoT , Google Cloud IoT Platform and more that listens and accepts MQTT connections.

Support for Devices & Bridging:

This version add support for accepting MQTT Devices in addition to previously supported sensors. The devices can connect via MQTT to the gateway. This helps the IoT Gateway to act as a bridge for the local MQTT devices.

Bluetooth support for Sensors:

We have added support for the Bluetooth connectivity for the sensor devices. You can now connect your edge sensors to the IoT Gateway via Bluetooth.

Data Encryption:

We are more concerned about the security of the data that is being transferred at all times. We support the SSL encryption for all the data sent over the network from the edge devices to gateway to the IoT Platform. You can use your own certificates by doing the necessary configuration to enable the secure communication.

The gateway can run on the Raspberry Pi and can be customized to store data locally and a User interface to manage local devices. In addition, the IoT Gateway can run on Windows, Linux, and Mac.

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