How to ensure the availability and sustainability of a network of thousands of IoT devices?

Last Tuesday, December 13, we had the opportunity to collaborate in a Grafana community event in Barcelona where we talked about how to manage, from an operational and maintenance perspective, a large network of connected IoT devices. We tell you all the details in this article with an example that we think may help you understand the challenge.

How to ensure the availability and sustainability of a network of thousands of IoT devices?,

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY A LARGE NETWORK OF CONNECTED DEVICES?

To understand the scope of this definition, let us use an example. In our event, we tell the story of Fernando, an IoT engineer who is tasked with designing an Energy Efficiency solution for a large company that manages more than 2000 offices in the country.

It may seem that this is an unusual case, but let’s look at some recognizable examples of well-known companies that find themselves in this type of scenario. For example, Caixabank has more than 4,000 branches in Spain. The company Correos, more than 2000 locations. The Mercadona supermarket chain has more than 1,600 stores. These are just a few everyday examples to understand that the implementation of IoT solutions in the field of connected infrastructures face this challenge of scalability and availability with relative assiduity.

How to ensure the availability and sustainability of a network of thousands of IoT devices?,

Well, going back to our engineer, Fernando has to design a solution in such a way that, once put into production, it is highly monitorable, flexible and adaptable to each of the realities of the 2000 locations it faces.

This is where the combination of technologies at the Edge along with the development of the IoTOps practice bring great value. If Fernando is able to design a solution in which an IoT architecture with an Edge Gateway as the centerpiece manages the monitoring, alarming and remote management of the local software running there, he will have succeeded.

How to ensure the availability and sustainability of a network of thousands of IoT devices?,

Benefits

  • With this move, Fernando will be able to radically reduce the number of corrective incidents generated by the solution thanks to continuous monitoring and alarming. This drastically reduces the cost of maintenance (especially by reducing travel and physical interventions in the field).
  • With this solution, Fernando will be able to easily and remotely adapt the software packages or services running the Edge in each of the locations. Thus, depending on the type of office (large/small, rural/urban, central/peripheral), Fernando will be able to take off and activate some software packages or others depending on the expected functionality.
  • With an IoTOps solution, Fernando will provide the operators (technicians) of the solution with daily management in a control center. They will be able to perform preventive and predictive maintenance, anticipate failures and, in case of an incident, take action to reduce the downtime of the solution as much as possible.

If you want to know more about how to technically implement this solution and the benefits it can bring to your company and your industry, you can download the full presentation here and do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to explain the details and see how we could apply it.