As the Internet of Things (IoT) leaves the realm of conversations about the future and enters a more pragmatic and operational phase, business leaders grapple with some of the hands-on challenges in collecting and analysing IoT data.

We experienced some of these challenges first-hand, when working with Hitachi Vantara on a Smart Spaces solution at Curtin University. Issues such as manufacturing defects of the IoT sensors, and even placement of the IoT devices in certain environments were all contributing factors that lead to inaccuracy. And this will be the case for any real-world IoT implementation: no matter the environment, no matter the device, problems will inevitably arise, both logistically and operationally.

What is the solution to these IoT related issues? As much as the devices themselves garner much of the attention, the backroom analytics platform is crucial in solving these challenges and consequently driving IoT success. At Curtin, we found through analytics that a shiny floor was the root cause of inaccurate data, therefore prompting a re-calibration. Without analytics, we would have had to possibly re-calibrate and test all the devices individually, a much more costly and time-consuming solution.

In this video, our CEO, Zachary Zeus, is joined by Vice President and Managing Director of Hitachi Vantara Aus/NZ, Nathan McGregor, to share their experiences on the challenges of IoT, and why analytics is crucial to its success.