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IoT throught Virtual Reality

IoT throught Virtual Reality

The internet of things (Internet of things, IoT) allows us to connect physical elements that send and receive information through a wireless network.

What are the advantages of implementing these technologies?

Imagine that it is winter, you have been traveling for a week and when you return home you want it to be at a comfortable temperature.

Thanks to the IoT we can connect the heating system of our house to our location and make the heating turn on at a certain distance so that at the right time you enter the door the house is at the chosen temperature without lifting a finger.

In industry, this technology is very powerful since it allows us to control the status of the machinery in real-time (temperature, operating time, processes carried out ...), through all the information received thanks to IoT we can obtain metrics through Big Data thus optimizing the management in the production plant, this implies more production, lower costs, control of maintenance, etc.



Types of connections with an IoT device

Regarding the connections with the devices, we have 4 possibilities:

  1. Device to device: Communicating device with device with each other. For this we can use IP networks or the internet, although most of the time protocols such as Bluetooth, Z-Wave or ZigBee are used for small amounts of information.
  2. Device to Cloud: This connectivity allows the user to gain remote access to a device. The IoT device communicates directly to an internet cloud service to exchange data.
  3. Device to Gateway: Connects the device to an intermediate device to access a cloud service. The intermediary device acts as a local gateway between the cloud service and the IoT device.
  4. Back End Data Sharing: it is an extension of the device model to cloud, in this case third parties are authorized to access the devices and sensor data. Users can analyze smart object data from the cloud by combining it with data from other sources for aggregation and analysis.


What can Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality contribute in conjunction with the IoT?

The benefits of IoT have been around for a long time and we use them even in people's everyday lives.

The problem lies above all in the management of the information received and even more so in how we visualize this data.

Virtual reality and augmented reality are the last links in the process optimization chain but it is what allows us to visualize the information generated by the IoT modules, interact with the processes and make decisions based on what we are seeing. .

Regarding the use through augmented reality, by means of a smartphone, tablet or augmented reality glasses, we can point to a sensorized asset to receive its information in real-time.

The use of virtual reality allows us to immerse ourselves in a digital environment where we would find the sensorized asset. Once inside this environment, we can view the information extracted from the asset, interact with it, view graphs of its activity, or even introduce the asset as part of a training or maintenance process.

In addition, a plant with IoT modules allows us to obtain information from it without having to be there, we could have a technician from an office anywhere in the world or from home monitoring the plant.


What does ARSOFT contribute to this field?

ARSOFT has experience working with IoT modules, through the use of assets we can connect with the machinery and monitor it, even turn it on and off depending on what is needed.

We would never need to depend on someone inside a production plant having to be aware of the status of the machinery, but rather we could see its status from any moment in real-time by putting on virtual reality glasses. This represents considerable cost and time savings when it comes to detecting problems and implementing solutions.

In addition, we can graphically represent the evolution of the asset's state to measure the points of highest productivity, the workload on the machine, energy consumption, temperature, etc.

In short, through the IoT we get a so-called digital twin, a virtual copy of our machine with which we can receive information and interact it.