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Article: Hybrid data networks, the key for IoT

Matt Web, CEO of BERG cloud “ Connected products to the web will be the 21st century electrification”

James Gardiner Product Strategy Director of Power Ethernet said:

In an era where everything will be connected to the Internet and everything surrounding us will be smart : “Smart homes”, “Smart Cities”, “Smart offices”, “Smart factories” a highly efficient and robust data network that allow us to connect to our devices whenever and wherever we are, becomes completely essential.

Today, there are roughly two Internet-connected devices for every person on the planet and Cisco forecasts that this will become 50 billion things by 2020 (or an astounding 6.58 things for every person on earth).

So far, we have connected to the Internet using PCs, laptop, tablets and smart phones but this is about to change in the age of the connected devices with the sheer volume devices. Thousands of companies are developing devices ranging from health and well-being monitoring, home automation and management through to operational improvements within industrial monitoring and solutions for smart cities. This new paradigm creates a number of opportunities and challenges. Cisco estimates that the “Internet of Things” will yield $14.4 trillion in value by 2022. 99% of electronic devices on the market today are not connected to the Internet but in the near future, most of them will, as they will have an IP address.

The Internet of Things links three of the current hot trends (big data, mobile and cloud) together to provide a great deal of value personally and for business. The devices need to be “made smarter” by connecting them to the web and providing a valuable service wrap including the necessary analytics, monitoring and management.

In the “Smart buildings” single components (sensors and actuators) are networked together in order to form an intelligent system. These components range from lighting, HVAC, power control extending to electric cars, iHealth / well-being and assisted living as the range of devices and applications evolve. Cloud infrastructures will become essential in order to allow businesses to use applications, managing data, monitoring and other activities on the Internet and on the cloud making the Internet an essential part of their business critical infrastructure.

A prerequisite for the Smart Building to deliver enhanced living and save resources is a robust Internet connection and hybrid network (Ethernet, WiFi, BlueTooth, etc) that reaches the whole building without any coverage black spots which is managed via the Cloud and connects the network devices and Internet of things together.

Hybrid networking provide Ethernet, Wifi and other complementary technologies simultaneously in the same “local area”. This enhance the data networking best practise which is to maximize the network performance by using Ethernet access for devices in fixed locations to free the WiFi network and used for the truly wireless devices including tablets and smart phones.

By using Powerline Networking companies such Power Ethernet have designed active intelligent devices which join together to create a hybrid network running over the electrical cabling. The devices are managed via the Cloud and connects the network devices and Internet of things together becoming the backbone network for the the Smart Home / Building (without the need to install new wires making it suitable for new build and retrofit).