What is IOT Telemetry

This article describes telemetry – the technology of collecting and receiving data from remote sensors or data collection systems. The market is exploding with new telemetry systems in the form Internet of Things (IoT) devices and billions of devices are being deployed worldwide.

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The term telemetry is used for technologies that measure and collect data from remote locations and transmit this data to receiving systems for monitoring and analysis. Traditional examples of telemetry are:

Telemetry provides the ability to access data from remote locations. Very often, these locations are difficult or expensive to get to and have limited access to power and physical networks.

Internet of Things

The rise of IoT is bringing about a market revolution. One of the biggest use cases for IoT is connected devices and remote management and monitoring – or telemetry. Some of the technologies converging to drive IoT market growth include:

Market Size

The IoT market is expected to be between $2.5 to $3.7 trillion worldwide.

Over 50 billion IoT devices deployed in the next couple years

The number of IoT devices deployed will be over 50 billion in the next couple years of the publication of this article (2019). And the use of telemetry technologies has grown exponentially from 1850 to today.

IoT Telemetry Protocols

IoT devices communicate using several network protocols. IoT devices used for telemetry such as remote sensors have the following requirements:

IoT telemetry communications between the devices and the receiving system are performed by several protocols. Each protocol has benefits and flaws.

Network Architectures

An IoT telemetry architecture includes the components shown below.

IoT telemetry architecture

How A10 Networks Can Help

A10 Networks provides products for high-performing network and security systems that process millions of concurrent sessions in real time. A10 Networks’ customers include the largest network carriers and cloud service providers in the world.

The company’s portfolio of products is broad and covers end-to-end network service provider infrastructures from network-edge computing, distributed packet-core processing and central-office infrastructures to public clouds.

This broad set of products from a single vendor reduces deployment, operations and management costs, therefore reducing TCO.

A10 Networks has unique competitive advantages for 5G infrastructures:

  1. Portfolio of service provider products
  2. High-performance VNFs
  3. In-process service function chaining
  4. VNF scale-out clustering
  5. Cloud-optimized architecture
  6. Industry-standard hardware server optimizations

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CoAP – Constrained Application Protocol – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constrained_Application_Protocol

MQTT- M2M Internet of Things connectivity protocol – https://mqtt.org/

AWS IoT Core Features – https://aws.amazon.com/iot-core/features/

Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and solutions: PaaS and SaaS – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/iot-fundamentals/iot-services-and-technologies


March 27, 2019

About Robert Keith

Robert has 30 years of experience in IT technology development and infrastructure management. He was the founder of several infrastructure ventures including Intellivence, MaxSP, Sentrik and most recently was the CTO of Iron Networks. As CTO of Iron Networks in San Jose, CA, he worked directly with many companies in the Silicon Valley to design and architect network, security, and cloud solutions. He worked directly with Microsoft engineering in the design of their cloud architectures including storage, Hyper-V, Systems Center and Virtual Networking. He also worked directly with Hortonworks to design a Hadoop deployment and management system using CentOS and many layered software packages. READ MORE