One often comes to places where one looks at options to make devices more intelligent. Owners and Manufacturers of devices often get involved in mandates to make their devices more intelligent. Because - having end points which measure and communicate better provides a data stream that an enterprise can use to do better business.
The options for making devices smart often boil down to:
A. Throw away the device(s) and start over.
B. Painfully engineer gateways and the whole ecosystem to support them.
C. Hire an external IoT consultant and bypass the mainline.
D. Magically make the old devices new again.
Going to be a crazy person and advocate D. It was once the case that D was technically and economically
impossible. As much as we might want to save an old chiller (or meter, or pump). And as much as it still
had value in its structure and marrow. There was just no pathway to "make it smart".
There is now a pathway. The technology and ecosystem which drive the glass screens in your pocket, which provide you with a search bar, have made the technology and ecosystem possible to make most any worthwhile dumb thing - smart. Without replacing it. Without getting mired in expensive bespoke work. Without putting your life blood in other's hands. And without (importantly) going crazy.
See this article on Replace, Repair, Upgrade in the same vein.
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