The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of connected, physical objects that contain electronics, sensors, and software. Because these objects are connected, they exchange data that can be used to improve performance. With transportation networks, for example, IoT can improve traffic routing for fewer traffic jams. Connected transportation can also facilitate smart parking for fewer accidents.
Connected networks are smart, but that doesn’t mean they’re rare. Besides transportation, IoT is driving value by promoting energy efficiency in homes and buildings. In hospitals and healthcare settings, medical wearables are supporting equipment monitoring and patient care. In factories, Industry 4.0 is combining automation and robotics with improved monitoring for reduced downtime and maintenance costs.
Hardware, Software, and Data Everywhere
Ultimately, the Internet of Things is about a level of connectivity that some people call “data everywhere”. Knowledge is power, but data alone doesn’t create value. Instead, IoT starts with hardware and adds software and services. Together, these enabling technologies allow organizations to collect and act upon data that’s gathered from network end-points.
Across industries and applications, these IoT end points need power, the ability to sense actionable data, and a secure network to move data rapidly. To transfer power and data, connectors are used. Examples include BNC, SMA, and TNC, and N-Type connectors with various coupling mechanisms. Cable assemblies and IP67/68 sealed solutions are also supporting the Internet of Things.
Value That Can’t Afford to Fail
These enabling technologies aren’t new, but IoT’s implications for engineering teams are challenging. In environments such as hospitals and factories, IoT needs to deliver sustained performance under demanding conditions. Shock, vibration, chemicals, contaminants, and extreme temperatures can disrupt the very hardware and software upon which IoT relies.
Engineers must also account for the demands of smaller and more efficient designs. The materials used in housings and enclosures need to be strong but lightweight. Components that are packaged together need to save space and expand functionality. Not surprisingly then, engineers need suppliers who are agile, adaptable, and flexible. Even at low volumes, high-quality is required.
Electronic Manufacturing for the Internet of Things
SHINE is quality-driven electronic contract manufacturer that specializes in custom cable assemblies, wire harnesses, and electro-mechanical assemblies. All of our cables are built and tested to the IPC/WHMA-A-620 standard, and we maintain an ISO 9001:2015 registered manufacturing facility in Adams, Massachusetts (USA).
Data alone isn’t driving the Internet of Things. You need the right enabling technologies, too. For electronic interconnects and assemblies, talk to SHINE.