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How Virtual IoT Gateways Can Protect Your Connected Machine Network (& Reduce Data Processing Costs)

Updated: Jan 4, 2021

With more and more devices and sensors being connected to the Internet to communicate with cloud-based applications, the security of IoT networks continues to be a topic of concern. Recent research from IoT security firm Forescout found that 33 flaws in a single popular open source implementation of an Internet protocol stack could potentially expose millions of embedded devices to participate in denial of service, ransomware and information interception attacks. Many of the devices may be difficult if not impossible to patch.

At the same time, everyone knows that IoT can deliver significant business value – so how can system integrators and IoT developers design projects that won’t have IT administrators ridden with anxiety?

Deploying a Virtual IoT Gateway at the Edge Can Reduce IT Anxiety (and Deliver Cost Savings)

Edge processing in IoT networks is increasingly seen as an effective strategy for managing IoT data on the local level; at the same time, many devices and sensors were not designed to support data management processing and application integration. Most companies also don’t have the ability, desire (or budget) to rip and replace machines simply to make them “IoT ready.”

A virtual IoT gateway is a software application that is deployed at the edge, as a service inside a cellular modem, network access point, a single board computer or a virtual machine on a server.

Installing a virtual IoT gateway with data management capabilities between your devices and the outside world, delivers several advantages:

  1. By aggregating IoT data traffic into what can and needs to be acted upon locally – and what data needs to be transported outside the on-prem network, IoT developers ensure that only the right data goes to the right application (or the cloud) at the right time.

  2. Localized data storage allows OT and IT admins to preserve data records and audit trails while controlling how data is managed and integrated with business applications.

  3. Reduces cloud data processing costs.

  4. Enables data extraction from legacy systems without exposing them to the outside world, reducing the overall cost of IoT implementation and enhancing IoT project ROI.

Machinechat JEDI One software functions as a virtual IoT gateway that allows developers and system integrators to create safer and efficient IoT networks without the need to spend weeks and months developing and testing custom software to integrate the heterogeneous devices and sensors with their line of business applications. Machinechat JEDI One is:

  • Single binary software solution with no libraries to support or maintain makes it easy for integration into network modems, gateways or installed inside a virtual machine.

  • Fully integrated HTTP, TCP/IP data collectors and MQTT broker make it easy to start ingesting data in minutes .

  • Custom plug-ins allow developers to add virtually any sensor or device without altering their native protocols

  • Easy drag and drop menus allow developers to quickly configure rules-based monitoring, data visualization, customizable storage with zero programming.

  • Configurable local data storage with retention controls enables admins to maintain full control over their data.

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