2023-11-02 981 View

Conquering IoT Challenges

The Internet of Things IoT has revolutionized the way we interact with our environment by connecting various devices and allowing them to communicate and share valuable data. However, this also brings challenges and headaches for system integrators as IoT platforms and devices use no universal standard or technology. Therefore, to implement an IoT system, in many cases, developers must study, configure, and integrate different architectures and technologies, which can lead to a difficult and time-consuming process. However, in the middle of these challenges, Node-RED emerges as a powerful tool that can alleviate various of our worries. So, understanding how this technology works with our KIWIboards is essential to take advantage of its full potential.

What is an IoT Architecture?

An IoT architecture refers to how IoT devices such as sensors, actuators, cloud services, protocols, and layers are structured to meet our needs. In general, it is divided into layers to allow administrators to assess, monitor, and maintain the entire system's integrity.

What are the layers in IoT architecture?

The IoT architecture comprises several key stages, each vital to seamless connected devices and data operation. Beginning with the sensing layer, many sensors and actuators are deployed to capture real-world data. These sensors monitor various parameters, such as temperature, humidity, and motion. The protocol layer acts as a communication bridge, facilitating efficient and secure data transmission using protocols like MQTT, CoAP, or HTTP. The gateway layer ensures secure and reliable communication between local edge devices and the remote cloud infrastructure. In the cloud and application layers, data is stored, processed, and made accessible, enabling advanced analytics, machine learning, and integration with enterprise systems. This architecture empowers businesses and organizations to leverage the full potential of IoT, extracting valuable insights and enhancing efficiency across various domains.


IoT Architecture Layers

What are the challenges of an IoT application?

Another challenge when designing an IoT system is choosing the correct programming language. It will depend not only on the programmer's skills, the complexity of the project, or the time constraints but also on the support community associated with the programming language, which gives us a hint to help solve any code error.

The concern appears when writing the entire programming code for the devices' integration, cloud data upload, and data visualization because this may be time-consuming. But what if we had a tool that helps us solve all these concerns and offers us an easy and intuitive way of programming?  Sure, there is! And its name is Node-RED 

Node-RED is an open-source programming tool suitable for IoT applications due to its flexibility and scalability. Whether you are just taking your first steps in the world of the IoT or you are an experienced programmer, this tool will save you precious time and effort since it is a visual-based tool for programming. 

For a more comprehensive understanding of how Node-RED empowers the KIWIboards, explore our accompanying blog post dedicated to this topic.

Why KIWIboard Solutions?

Elevate your IoT experience with KIWIboard – the ultimate solution to streamline every stage of the IoT architecture. The sensing layer is where KIWIboards shine at its core, with many sensors and actuators to capture and deliver real-time data using the 40-pin header. Beyond that, our KIWIboards take center stage, serving as an efficient and secure edge device that empowers you to collect, process, and transmit data locally and to the cloud. But that's not all! KIWIboards double as a gateway, ensuring a seamless and secure connection between edge devices and the remote cloud infrastructure. With our KIWIboards empowered with Node-RED in your arsenal, you'll unlock the full potential of IoT, enabling advanced analytics, machine learning, and seamless integration with enterprise systems. Don't miss out on the future of IoT – choose KIWIboard today for unparalleled scalability, reliability, and accessibility.

IoT Architecture, including KIWIboards and Node-RED 


Whether in software like Node-RED nodes or hardware like heatsinks or enclosures, KIWIboard takes care of any of these customizations to help you achieve your project goals.

About KIWIboard

KIWIboard is a complete solutions provider that supports all aspects of your project, from hardware to software and systems integration, to keep your application running safely, reliably, and at peak performance. KIWIboard builds its products to provide high reliability, performance, security, scalability, and versatility. So, customers can expect a long lifespan, quickly adapt to changing system requirements, and adopt future technologies as they emerge.

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