Last time I posted my thoughts about IoT and how embedded database plays a crucial role.
One excellent example of how IoT improves our life is the heart monitor with implanted sensors. The monitor device can store information on the embedded database and use that to analyze to decide if and when to alert emergency services using the mobile network. But, there is only so much information that an embedded database can store. You would ideally want to store the person's medical history and other information in a central repository. What better technology than a cloud based database to be able to connect to remotely and store information. This cloud DB could also be used to run analytics about a particular person or even a number of persons in that area with similar condition to (maybe) allot emergency resources accordingly.
Some of the advantages of cloud based systems is lower setup cost, faster time to market, flexibility, scalability, accessibility, etc. But, one main risk factor for any Cloud system is security. Enter Informix!
IBM Informix database software incorporates design concepts that are suited to challenges in IoT, resulting in extremely high levels of performance and availability, distinctive capabilities in data replication and scalability, and no administrative overhead. It is renowned for its near hands-free administration (a valuable feature especially for a Cloud based system). Added to that is its specialized high performance support for time series and geo spatial data, and with its support for JSON/BSON datatypes it can now store varying types of data types without worrying about constant schema changes.
Informix in the Cloud is available in a number of offerings – IBM Softlayer Cloud, IBM Bluemix and Amazon Cloud.
One of the largest freight railroad companies uses a cloud based setup for maintenance of its fleet. Data (including video) is collected from the various sensors and detectors, consolidated in Informix database and then pushed to the cloud for online analytical processing.
To conclude, a Cloud based database is an excellent value addition in an IoT setup in a number of instances and IBM Informix with its inherent features is a perfect fit. For more information on Informix for Cloud Computing, go to http://www.ibm.com/informix/private-cloud.