Fancy, Hot MQTT. Do You Need the IoT?

Many of us are constantly visiting exhibitions. Be it video surveillance, a security exhibition, a Hi-Tech show, or… “you-name-it exhibition,” our attention is continuously overloaded by the new trend - IoT. IoT in this device, IoT in that device. Everyone talks about IoT, and everyone explains IoT in such a sophisticated way that some of us are puzzled – what exactly is IoT in the end?   

More to it, people started throwing fancy abbreviatures, explaining something about subscriptions, and protocols, again about subscriptions and how it’s all of it is a new edge fancy-schmancy game changer.  

You might have noted that we have joined the game. Announcing – Hey, we do not just offer BMS and OPC now! Now you can use MQTT with our software! IoT is now fully compatible with the Luxriot Evo generation. Great news… if you know what we mean. 

Welcome to the Dark Side?

So, does Luxriot join the Dark Side of the world, planning to confuse people completely? Why IoT, which starts with smart houses, lamps, and even fridges, is entering the video surveillance and security industry? And why, whenever you ask people about all those BMS, OPC, and MQTT, they just won’t shut up about subscriptions, low levels of network communication, etc.?  

Well, it’s all because the Hi-Tech industry is overloaded with engineers. Technicians who speak the language that other technicians understand. But these guys completely forget about an important moment in marketing. You must translate features into benefits for your customer.  

Good and bad marketing

The same mistake one could make: Hey, our new-generation phone is just 209 grams with dimensions of 160 x 74.2 x 8.7 mm, instead of saying – now our phone is very lightweight, and it’ll easily fit your pocket. 

Or, "We have hundreds of vehicles," instead of saying – we have all means to deliver your cargo in the shortest time possible. So, let us speak not about features but benefits since IoT is a game changer, a positive game changer for your budget. 

Positive or "Positive"? 

Don’t rush to be sarcastic about the “positive” part, referring to the price difference between IoT devices and regular devices. This is a common bias we constantly need to overcome when discussing investment into anything. Let’s think outside the “current budget” box. 

What is the main expense of running any business? Labor! 

As the larger enterprise grows more and more, we encounter demand for additional human capital, which costs are increasing together with the business itself. IoT is aimed to review this requirement, and basically, this means – lower down your expenses dramatically. 

Automation = Full Control?

IoT allows us not only to automate the use of any devices as we know them but also to have complete control over their well-being. While the automation part is well straightforward, what about the well-being part?  

It is a very critical moment; the larger your enterprise is. Think of the amount of personnel involved in a vast factory to check if your fire alarm or even simple fire extinguisher is intact or still there. Checking the status of any device, critical or not that critical, or yet not critical. Not to mention the simple human factor, that person responsible might even miss the faulty device for this or another reason.  

Instead of constantly checking everything, you are fully aware of your devices and equipment status at any given moment. Without involving people in constant walkthroughs of the area, they can address matters that must be addressed. 

Isn’t That Too Much?

Now the reasonable question is, that’s a lot of devices on the same network, isn’t it? Sounds like an abnormal amount of pressure on the network. Especially with all bragging about how IoT will be easy to implement with new 5G technology. Where 5G in the end yet is still developing in most parts of the world, and this is yet another expense for the company to invest in. 

But here is a thing – with modern MQTT, this traffic becomes so unnoticeable that this won’t affect your existing infrastructure. If we oversimplify what this protocol does – it allows us to deal with a large amount of devices/data without considerable expense on the network load. This gives an additional advantage when working remotely with large industrial sites, where bandwidth is always a painful matter. You simply don't have to invest more in an already sophisticated infrastructure.

And Too Complicated?

The first thing that you may think – Right, now I need extra operators, equipment, and training to implement this. Well, not if you are already a Luxriot Evo user. This is actually why we are so happy to announce the integration of MQTT to our partners and customers. 

We are trying to address the critical message to people familiar with or yet need to become more familiar with Luxriot Evo. While it started as Video Management System (VMS), Luxriot has evolved from your general VMS product. Luxriot Evo became more like a Data Management System that came from video surveillance. It now expanded its capabilities to unify all aspects of your security and system monitoring under one single platform.  

Evo Steps In

Implementation of MQTT, or in simple words – IoT support is our additional step for our users to use one single platform to have access to all parts of security and monitoring processes of the area given.  

With this integration, you will no need to use any additional software other than the existing MQTT broker(s). The same operator that deals with Luxriot for video surveillance or data management of other security-related matters (again, though the same platform), can also observe and monitor the status of all other equipment and data. 

MQTT is not our first step in allowing our customers to use 3rd party equipment with Luxriot Evo. For a long time, we already offer generic industrial and low-level protocols starting from Modbus and OPC. Current integration opens more opportunities for a more modern range of devices to be included in one extensive system. 

And Does The Job

Through Luxriot Evo, you can link events from all devices in your pool to interact with your video surveillance and vice versa. Have a full audit of all the devices and react automatically to all possible events in your system. Not to mention, your team will be notified of matters worth addressing and will not be required to observe everything constantly unless it’s required since our interactive maps can offer this opportunity.  

And what are these opportunities in the first place? Let’s quickly list some of the IoT devices that we may use in the industry: smoke detectors, wall switches, water leakage sensors, heating valves, light sensors, occupational sensors, CO2 sensors, security sensors, hazardous gas sensors, oil leakage sensors, temperature sensors and many more. And the ability to monitor and interact with them will not require either additional integration or a network infrastructure upgrade. 

MQTT examples

With this or other devices, the number of scenarios is limited just by your imagination and creativity. Just think of a standard device in IoT, like a smartwatch. It can measure heartbeat or stress. Can you give a moment and think – what use a combination of this data, together with a security system, can find when working in a dangerous environment?  

The Future is Now

This is a new feature of Luxriot Evo generation, and while we don’t have a lot of examples yet to show in the actual use of IoT and existing customer’s projects. The vision is still there. But every day, our partners and users submit new examples of proposed, existing, and to-be-implemented use case scenarios. What we learned so far when introducing BMC and OPC – the vision of potential is so simple to be foreseen by engineers. But the advantages of use should be explained, since with all load of information our days, it becomes easy to miss them.  

What can we conclude from all above? First thing first, IoT is a game changer and can make your system more efficient, lower your costs, and improve reaction time towards unforeseen situations. Second, Luxriot Evo could be the tool you miss out on when it comes to connecting all this load of data and effectively interacting with it and monitoring it. Third, as you can see, IoT is straightforward to understand, when it’s not a technician who is describing it. 

Try us

And finally - try us! And it’s not a sales pitch aimed at making you buy our software. Try us by checking with us – what can YOU do with your system's existing infrastructure and MQTT-enabled devices? Challenge our creativity by explaining issues that you are currently experiencing. For us as well to broaden our vision on things that we can make together, to support modern demand and needs. You will get valuable advice, and we will get not least practical experience.