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Build Your Blueprint for the Internet of Things, Based on Five Architecture Styles

Published: 24 September 2014

ID: G00269736

Analyst(s): Hung LeHong


There are many ways to architect the Internet of Things implementations for enterprises. CIOs must consider security, privacy, cost, ease of access, agility and performance to determine the best architecture for each enterprise.

Table Of Contents


  • IoT Architecture Can Be Structured in Any Way
  • Taking a Closer Look at IoT Architectures
    • Thing-Centric Architecture
    • Gateway-Centric Architecture
    • Smartphone-Centric Architecture
    • Cloud-Centric Architecture
    • Enterprise-Centric Architecture
  • Use the Five IoT Architectures as Models — To Be Combined and Changed as Required
  • Choosing the Right IoT Architectures by Prioritizing Constraints
    • Cost
    • Connectivity and Technical Requirements
    • Data and Security
    • Users and Implementation

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