Control systems, data collection, and quantitative results dashboards are nothing new. Industry has been using large-scale control systems, often controlled by programmable logic controllers (PLCs), for decades. These systems are costly and often involve the use of proprietary systems with hefty licensing fees.

Today, with the advancement of microprocessors, cloud computing, and the importance of quality data, these systems are no longer only available to large industrial businesses. Small and medium sized businesses are now able to commission control systems, data collection systems, and remote monitoring systems at a fraction of the cost of more traditional methods.

Custom IoT solutions

Tools like the RasberryPi and Microsoft Azure’s cloud services allow anyone to build a custom solution to meet their every need. The range of applicable projects these tools can tackle is broad:

  • Electricity usage
  • Water flow gauge
  • Water level monitoring
  • pH monitoring
  • Chemical level monitoring
  • GPS location tracking
  • Weather monitoring

The list goes on and on, and all of these projects generate data that can then be further analyzed to optimize processes. Dashboards can be built to have a live look at the data being generated.

Think about your operations: Are there any key pieces of data that you need in a more timely manner, or are there data sources that could help you make smarter decisions?  Let us know your thoughts on all things IoT.