The Intel® Gateway Solutions for IoT were announced back in April and, since then, we’ve talked a lot about why gateways are critical to the Internet of Things. However, there is still a little blurriness around what a gateway is and does. Think of an IoT gateway as you would any other gateway out there—the Panama Canal or Golden Gate Bridge—a way of providing access to a thing or place. IoT gateways provide access to the billions of sensors and devices that already exist, but are largely unconnected.
For the Internet of Things, Intel is transforming everyday objects into connected devices using Intel Gateway Solutions. Today, Intel and its ecosystem have more than 25 different gateway solutions available for the transportation, industrial, energy, and retail markets. These products are based on Intel® Atom™ and Intel® Quark™ processors and feature integrated software from McAfee and Wind River to connect and secure devices and sensors. Eighty-five percent of all devices are unconnected, and gateways will rapidly bring billions of devices into the IoT, allowing applications developers, equipment manufacturers, and solution providers to quickly roll out services to their existing install base.
This infographic helps illustrate how gateways collect and filter valuable data from devices and securely transmit it to the cloud. Gateways can be used in a range of industries, too, whether it’s applied to retail, transportation, industrial, or smart buildings and energy.
At the 2014 Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel’s Doug Davis highlighted 10 of the best IoT applications based on Intel Architecture—everything from rhinos to big rigs. Three of the Intel-based solutions are being showcased at IDF and many of these applications are using gateways to make them smarter and connected.
Hopefully this gives you a better understanding of gateways and why they are so important to the Internet of Things. Keep your eyes on this blog, on our website, and on Facebook and Twitter, and visit IDF14 San Francisco for more details.