Cited by the Gartner Institute as one of the major trends of the new millennium, the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) began as a movement that sought to give life to previously inanimate objects. The technology went even farther, creating connections that run from objects, animals and offices to people.
The relevance for business is so great, that specialists affirm that what IoT has done for information is akin to what electricity did for energy.
In Brazil, markets such as agribusiness, health, Smart Cities, industrial and corporate are incorporating sensors for the Internet of Things into their routines and products in order to automate processes, increasing productivity and making measurements in real time.
To provide technology to supply this enormous demand, Khomp has added a complete line of gateways, endpoints, sensors, extension and accessories to its portfolio to make it possible to build IoT networks in internal and external environments.
For the most part, Khomp’s IoT devices operate over LoRa®, IEEE 802.15.4 (Zigbee) and Mobile/GSM networks. The first of these is indicated for expansive scenarios, such as public networks, which demand long-range communication with a main gateway. The IEEE 802.15.4 (Zigbee) network, for its part, is indicated for small and medium-sized spaces, such as offices. Finally, the devices that operate on Mobile/GSM guarantee the coverage provided by the chosen carrier, following the logic of smartphones.
By IoT endpoints, we mean devices that use sensors and probes to collect data and in turn send this data to an IoT gateway via radio. This data can be related to temperature, humidity, volume, electrical current or even the presence of humans.
Two versions are available: the IEEE 802.15.4 model and the LoRa® model. While the former is ideal for small and medium distances, such as in companies, for example, the LoRa® is indicated for scenarios that require communication with a gateway from long distances, such as in public networks, universities and agribusiness.
Khomp IoT Gateways
This is the equipment that is responsible for transmitting to a cloud solution, via network, data that is received from endpoints. More specifically, in this process the endpoint performs a preconfigured measurement and sends it to the gateway, which in turn sends it to a cloud system that records it or triggers a determined function according to the information received. For example: if the measurement indicates that temperature has reached a determined level, refrigeration or air conditioning can be activated automatically.
In 2018, Khomp’s IoT telemetry gateway was awarded the prize of Best Product at VoIP2Day, an event held in the city of Madrid each year that is attended by the main leaders in IP telephony and communication.
The Standalone Sensors, or ITS, are devices designed in accordance with the concept of self-sufficiency. That means that they are able to collect and transmit data from the environment being monitored and perform the role of both endpoints and gateways at the same time.
With the ITS, communication with the cloud is done using the MQTT protocol, responsible for storing the information collected by the sensors and transmitting it using the GSM 3G data network.
Khomp IoT Extensions
IoT Extensions are used to expand the functions of endpoints. When used in conjunction with the other devices in the line, the extensions can create a complete network of measurements that is capable of capturing data on electrical current, temperature/humidity of soil, actuators with relays and binary contacts, and much more in real time.
Also offered in the IoT line is a series of accessories that support the equipment and, in many cases, protect and increase the useful life of the network that is created. This includes power supplies, protective covers, antennas, solar panels and probes designed specifically for these types of projects.