When Minutes Count: Why Plug and Play IoT is More Critical Than Ever

As more than one-third of the world’s population is under stay at home or lockdown orders, the importance of being able to quickly build and deploy infrastructures that can connect data, machines and people is more important than ever. Internet of Things (IoT) technologies can provide the ability to ensure that life and systems can continue even during a global crisis. But for these solutions to be quickly deployed, it is critical that developers be able to leverage true plug-and-play IoT tools that can allow ideas to go from zero to field ready in minutes and not months or years.

For example, the COVID-19 crisis has necessitated the need for local and federal governments to build field hospitals that can help to alleviate capacity issues as traditional hospitals are stretched. Often in less than a week, hospitals must be designed and built from the ground up in non-traditional environments ranging from parking lots to conference centers.

Having the right communications and critical monitoring systems in place is no less critical in a field hospital than it is in any other medical environment. The challenge is two-fold: 1) these new “hospitals” are not comprised of fixed rooms and facilities designed for medical use; and 2) the lack of time and technical resources available to spend months and years integrating many vertical and proprietary applications.

When minutes count, the need for IoT tools that are truly “plug and play” can go a long way to quickly make the leap from idea to field-ready and deployable. Plug and play IoT tools enable developers and solution architects to configure connectivity and data management with

  • Minimal to zero coding

  • No alteration of a machine or sensors firmware, software or hardware

  • Intuitive user interfaces that require minimal training to understand

  • Flexibility to allow for tool customization and plugins by power developers

  • Can be deployed and used in minutes

In the field hospital example, combining a ready-to-use, cloud optional software solution like Machinechat’s JEDI IoT Data Manager, an IoT solution architect would be able to quickly use off the shelf sensors and gateways to deploy a critical monitoring infrastructure in a field hospital within hours. This would allow field hospital operators to ensure optimal environmental conditions, track both human and equipment resources, and track and share data with key stakeholders.

With Machinechat JEDI IoT Data Manager, IoT solution architects could deploy a critical monitoring infrastructure solution with off-the-shelf sensors and gateways in minutes, not months.