Importance of Sensors in IoT

by | Mar 5, 2019 | IoT Devices & Sensors

An IoT device connects itself to other IoT devices, providing data via Internet transfer protocols. The two main divisions of an IoT system are therefore the network and the IoT platform at the rear, as well as the sensors and actuators at the front.

Most of the IoT platforms rely completely on sensors. Many IoT platforms are available in the market, but two major IoT platforms that stand out from the crowd are industrial and mainstream. These two platforms differ slightly in their applications and requirements.

The industrial IoT platform depends on a lot of stability, reliability, and security because platform failure can cost millions of dollars or even lives. On the other hand, a failure of the mainstream IoT platform may count as a disadvantage for you.

However, some common parameters must be taken into account when choosing the best IoT platform for your application. Some of these include:

  • stability,
  • reliability,
  • flexibility,
  • security support,
  • pricing model,
  • support for web or mobile applications,
  • ability to manage a number of connected products,
  • retention or backup of data in the event of power or network failure, as well as
  • the time and speed of launch.

Some of the most common IoT platforms are listed below.


It’s an open source, multi-platform IoT API and application for storing and retrieving object data using HTTP over the Internet or over a local area network.

Microsoft Azure IoT

Features include device watching, rules engine, identity registry, and information monitoring.

IBM Watson

It’s an IoT platform based on IBM’s hybrid PaaS (platform as a service) cloud development platform, the Bluemix. It includes device management, secure communications, real-time data exchange, data storage, and meteorological data service.


This IoT platform makes it easier for developers to connect multiple sensors for a number of applications, starting from cars to turbines to smart light bulbs.

Google Cloud Platform

This is one of the best IoT platforms. It’s a set of modular, cloud-based services allowing you to create everything from simple websites to complex applications.


It’s one of the first IoT software platforms designed for creating and running applications, including aerospace, automotive, consumer products, industrial equipment, and medical devices.

Cisco IoT Cloud Connect

It offers new ways of managing and storing data in the cloud and data centers. Common features include data and voice connectivity, IP session control, SIM lifecycle management, billing, and customizable reporting.

Verizon ThingSpace

It’s a simplified way of going from prototype to production. The API allows you to add and enable devices, monitor usage, check their status, and perform device connectivity management.

Bosch IoT Suite

It provides users with complete security and reliability when storing data. It’s a flexible platform based on open source and open standards. Its cloud service is capable of meeting the typical requirements of IoT projects.

Samsung ARTIK Smart IoT Platform

This integrated intelligent IoT platform is the fastest way to secure and interoperate IoT products and services.

Sudipto Das

Sudipto writes technical contents periodically and backs it up with extensive research and relevant examples. He’s an avid reader and a tech enthusiast at the same time with a little bit of “Arsenal Football Club” thrown in as well. He’s got a B.Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation engineering.