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Market researchers such as Gartner expect that in 2030 over 30 billion of devices will be connected through the Internet of Things (IoT). It would mean a skyrocketing growth from the current number of connected devices: at time of writing the number of devices count around 14 billion, still an incredible figure. We have connected devices in our homes, in factories and even in cars. All these devices produce and receive data.
The challenge that companies face is how they can monitor and manage these devices, preferably from one platform. Cloud providers offer centralized IoT platforms as a solution to this challenge. In this chapter we will study the architecture principles of an IoT ecosystem and discuss how cloud can help in managing IoT devices. We will explore some of these cloud solutions and also look at crucial elements in IoT, such as connectivity and security.
We will cover the following topics in this chapter...