The IBM® Watson™ IoT Platform solution provides a set of IBM Cloud services as a single IBM-managed SaaS offering that enables you to collect and analyze relevant product performance and usage data for your IoT enabled assets.
For more information about the offering, including the latest news, videos, demos, and other useful resources, visit the Watson IoT Platform page in IBM®
The following key features are included with the Watson IoT Platform solution:
Ingest IoT data in the form of MQTT events from any source by using Platform Service to register, connect, and control your IoT devices your IoT devices. In addition, the connect
feature lets your applications and IBM Cloud services subscribe to those events to process the event data. Also included are rest APIs for device registration, management and more.
Important: The Platform Service Service Level Agreements pertain to MQTT connectivity only, not to general API connectivity.
Capture your IoT data for the short-term in the Cloudant NoSQL DB solution, which gives you direct access to the last 30 days’ worth of data for your devices. In the same way, use IBM® Event
Streams for IBM Cloud for direct access to recent data.
Get an overview of your assets and assets with built-in monitoring dashboards. Use the monitoring dashboards to enable line of business users to monitor the state of IoT assets.
Use built-in and external tools for data wrangling, summarization, machine learning, and more. Use the Analytics Service (add-on) to enable line of business users to easily enrich and interact with
the raw metrics data coming from IoT assets by using built-in configurable analytics functions.
Scale your storage options and data lifecycle management by using the included long-term storage solution, IBM® Cloud Object Storage.
The Watson IoT Platform SaaS solution is managed as a unit, with full status and connection through the Watson IoT Platform dashboard. Access your services at the user level with system
- Monitor usage
Use the Watson IoT Platform dashboard to monitor your data consumption and usage for each included service in your account to correctly size your solution needs. Work with the
IBM IoT Solutions DevOps team to tailor the solution to suit your organizational needs.
Depending on your organization’s needs, you can subscribe your solution to the following asset groups:
- Sensor assets
The sensor type device typically has a very low data frequency, with just a few data points per hour or day. Examples include thermostats, badge readers, and parking meters.
- Consumer assets
The consumer class electronics and appliances generally cost less and have relatively low data flow and storage requirements per unit. The number of units at this end of the scale tend to be high. Examples include consumer electronics
- Enterprise assets
With enterprise electronics and equipment, we are now entering the field of medium cost, data flow and storage requirements per unit. Examples include office products and computers, medical devices, network equipment, and drones.
- Industrial assets
At the industrial end of the scale, the cost is now very high. Here, the number of units is small, but the data flow and storage requirements per unit can be very high. Examples include industrial products and equipment, trains
and ships, and farming gear.
If you want to explore Watson IoT Platform and see how the service could fit into your IoT environment, each of the solution plans can be set up as a non-production environment. A non-production environment is not intended for production level data
traffic and has the following limitations:
||Number of devices
||Data per month
A non-production environment includes the same services as an Watson IoT Platform production environment.
Important: A non-production environment plan cannot be converted to a regular plan. To go from a non-production to a production environment, you must set up a new solution plan.