SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AND IOT
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the connection or networking of many different devices and sensors to exchange information. Situational awareness platforms can assist with visualising and using this data.
A situational awareness platform enables users to understand what is going on around them. Platforms vary in functionality, cost and integration capability, but they can easily be categorised as a level 1, a level 2 or a level 3 platform.
The first level provides an understanding of what is going on i.e. a sensor network determines that there are no spaces left in a car park. This information may be presented on a central dashboard but also may be sent as a local or remote alert.
A second level platform will present a meaning or impact of that event, i.e. congestion in south of the city due to car parking overflow caused by EOFY sales. In this example the information may come from a car parking sensor network and social media feed.
A third level situational awareness platform will provide predictive analysis, i.e. next week there will be congestion in the south of the city due to end of year sales. A level three platform therefore provides business intelligence to enable the business to make decisions and plan for future events. In the example given this could mean opening a temporary car park for the sales.
A situational awareness platform can enable and assist business intelligence for various IoT applications including those for smart city, home automation, health care, industrial networks, environmental and agriculture to name a few.
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