MQTT – Delivering the message

Increasing the adoption of ‘machine-to-machine’ (M2M) and IoT connected devices

The built environment is more connected than ever before and the Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling the physical devices we use on a day-to-day basis, such as cars, kettles and even buildings, to share data and communicate with each other. We are now at a stage where we can use the IoT to manage the energy consuming services within a building more efficiently. Devices such as lightbulbs, switches, televisions and power outlets can communicate with utilities and optimise energy consumption.

There must have been something in the air in 1999. While David Bowie was making his predictions about the internet, Andy Stanford-Clark and Arlen Nipper were busy developing MQTT so they could monitor an oil pipeline through the desert. Stanford-Clark and Nipper required a bandwidth efficient protocol that used little battery power as the devices were connected via satellite link, which was expensive.

In our last blog we revealed that MQTT was now available within our SIP+ product range. The easy to use, out of the box platform, capable of connecting multiple third party drivers to each other within the same truly multi-protocol platform, perfect for new installations or retrofitting.

With the increasing adoption of ‘machine-to-machine’ (M2M) and IoT connected devices, MQTT has become a key player in IoT capability in recent years. The publish/subscribe, simple and lightweight messaging protocol is designed for mobile applications where bandwidth and battery power are at a premium.

In practice a Facilities Management company, for example, could access sensors for temperature, humidity, occupancy, air quality, fan speed, etc. and aggregate the data received from hundreds of sensors and buildings. It could then apply machine learning techniques to the database of information collected to drive efficiency, predict plant failures before they happen and improve the long term cost and efficiency of buildings and future technology.

Perhaps it’s time you discovered why SIP+ is an enabler at the forefront of the IoT revolution. Email us to find out more.