Building a Secure, Reliable and Global IoT Network using Alibaba Cloud

Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of devices connected to the internet by means of computing devices embedded in them. This allows all the devices to share data with the desired application. With the advancement of technology, everything can be turned into an IoT device. This enables the devices to have intelligence embedded in them and also can be remotely controlled. The applications of IoT are great including smart homes, smart cities, wearables and many many more.

Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud said:

"Our vision is to build an intelligently connected world through transformative IoT technologies. This requires us to realize the potential of an inclusive and secure IoT infrastructure driven by robust AI solutions and a suite of computing capabilities that extends from cloud to edge. IoT will sit alongside e-commerce, finance, logistics, and cloud in its own right and commanding relevant focus and resources, in order to become the new strategic track for Alibaba."

Alibaba Cloud offers a lot of solutions that revolve around IoT including Smart Hardware, Automotive Logistics, and Smart Housing Solutions. Alibaba Cloud aims to leverage its IoT solutions to build an IoT network with 10 billion connected devices within the next five years. Here is a brief introduction to the IoT solutions mentioned above:

Smart Housing Solutions

Alibaba Cloud announced Link in June 2017, which is an open platform for smart living. It offers device connectivity, management and data analytics capabilities to accelerate smart home development in China. Appliance manufacturers can link all of their smart products with each other through this Alibaba Cloud platform.

Smart Hardware Solutions

Alibaba Cloud's smart hardware solutions enable manufacturers to consolidate and perform analytics on the data coming from all the machines during pre-production and production. This allows manufacturers to have complete control over the production process and to have real-time monitoring as well. All the data can be visualized and results in energy optimization and cost-effectiveness.  

Smart Automotive Solutions

AliOS is the Alibaba’s operating system used for offering solutions for mobile, industrial and IoT devices. Alibaba has formed partnerships with SAIC Motors, Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën Automobile, and Ford Motor to drive the smart evolution of the automobile industry. Around 500,000 AliOS-powered internet cars have been rolled out to the market. Alibaba announced a major partnership with NXP Semiconductors N.V., the world's largest supplier of automotive semiconductors. The partnership will result in AliOS and NXP's automotive infotainment solution installed in millions of vehicles in China by 2020.

Smart City

Alibaba Cloud's IoT solution for the smart city was launched in October 2017. This system combines cloud computing, edge, and terminal computing functions. With the help of this solution, city administration can monitor energy consumption by street lamps, water levels of rivers and the usage of gas pipes to gain insight, and all of this in real-time. This results in better management of the city. Alibaba Cloud and Wuxi city jointly established the first IoT town in Hongshan, Wuxi where every "thing" in the town is connected together by IoT. All types of data inputs are transmitted to an integrated platform on the cloud for city management.

Going Beyond IoT

Alibaba has vast offerings around IoT, Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence. Alibaba Cloud has successfully innovated a new family of solutions known as the ET Brain. ET Brain is a revolutionary technology from Alibaba Cloud. It is an ultra-intelligent AI Platform for solving complex business and social problems. Alibaba Cloud ET Brain industry-specific solutions include City Brain, Industrial Brain, Medical Brain, Environment Brain, Aviation Brain, and Financial Brain.

Moiz Arif

Bluestack IT Solutions