The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to revolutionize the way we live.
But while it’s quite neat to have a fridge that never runs out of frozen pizza, that’s not really revolutionary, is it?
A smart home or smart building needs more than just individual objects connected to the Wi-Fi.
Really smart buildings use a wide range of sensors that detect movements, temperature, or moisture levels – just to name a few – that monitor their environment and provide the information to a central point.
When all the data is being processed and utilized by an integrated system, that is when IoT shows its true potential and can deliver on that ambitious promise to revolutionize the way we live.
The only problem is: The more sensors and devices there are in one system, the harder it gets to monitor, manage and maintain all of them.
After all, all the sensors in the world won’t help, if you don’t keep the overview and control over them.
TeamViewer and HARMAN Team Up for a Joint IoT Solution
To deliver a comprehensive solution to monitor and manage small and large numbers of IoT devices in smart homes or buildings, TeamViewer and HARMAN started a collaboration.
Before, HARMAN customers with smart buildings were already able to use the HARMAN IoT gateway to gather the status of building devices through more than 500 different sensor types.
By combining their Smart Building management system and TeamViewer’s remote control offering, operations managers and service technicians can continuously monitor the IoT Gateway.
The operational status of the gateway is displayed in HARMAN’s Smart Building dashboard, with additional detail available on TeamViewer’s own extensive monitoring dashboard.
The solution displays critical information collected from a variety of sensors as well as monitor the sensors and gateways.
That way, service technicians and operations managers can receive notifications on the sensors, including common problems such as connectivity or battery power issues, as well as the possibility to access the gateway to run updates or troubleshoot remotely.
Access will be enabled through a web interface on the gateway.
The Future is Near
The industries around the internet of things have taken some major steps in maturing the array of technologies needed to tap into its full potential.
Without naming any of the extrapolations estimating astonishing numbers of IoT devices by year X, it’s already clear that IoT is a term that will coin the present and future.
The internet of Things is sure to hold improvements in living standards, as well as efficiency and productivity.
That being said, at the same time we must continue to improve and develop new solutions to get everything out of the technology while keeping it manageable and secure.