How are the Internet of Things and Big Data Related?
With connectivity becoming more and more necessary in our everyday working and social lives, we find ourselves with more devices connected to the Internet and together than ever. The need to have various devices connected and sharing data is now essential, for systems and communication within organisations to be clearer. The data transmitted by devices linked with the Internet is gathered for analysis, then patterns and trends are determined from this data gathering process to help the system perform well.
So, where do IoT and big data come in? In this post, we explain both of these, as well as their relationship.
The Difference Between Big Data and Internet of Things
What is IoT?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a reference to a collection of devices or objects that or linked together using an Internet connection. The hub for the collection (the “things” part) is what sends and collects data using the Internet, which is what helps the devices to make decisions and remember particular patterns and routines for action to be carried out without any manual involvement. If you would like to know more about the IoT things and how it could work within your business, please read our informative blog post for all further information.
What is big data?
Differing from IoT, big data is in reference to the process where structured and unstructured large quantities of data are analysed to gain insight into varying business patterns. Big data refers to data which is also too vast or complex to process using usual methods, including what’s known as the three V’s:
The amount of data collected from a variety of sources
The rate of which data is being processed
The different types of formats of data that are transferring across systems
How is Big Data and The Internet of Things Connected?
Once you can understand IoT and big data as separate solutions, you can appreciate why they work so closely with one another. When data is needed to be extracted for analysis reasons in a company, IoT is the source for that data; then big data can analyse and extract the relevant data to create the required information. As well as processing large amounts of data on a real time basis, big data then stores the information using various storage technologies, making big data invaluable when it comes to utilising IoT’s functionalities and the extraction of data.
Below is a small list of examples of what IoT and big data can show:
– hidden correlations
– unidentified patterns
– expose new trends
IoT and big data together are becoming an essential part of modern day business and its every day functioning. Should you wish to contact McKenna Consultants about their bespoke IoT solutions and the many benefits it can bring to your business, then please fill in our contact form below. Alternatively, you can read our case studies, to hear about the many years of reputable experience we have in the bespoke software industry.