We have several use cases that need to be covered in order to fully support the farms which fall into a few different categories
- Grid vs. battery/solar powered
- Direct network access vs. network bridge
- High vs. low bandwidth (e.g. video/images vs. sensor values)
- Centralized/single-use vs. distributed multi-use systems
For example, if a farm just has one freezer that they want to monitor then they could just plug a sensor directly into a single board computer using wall power, and connect to wifi. On the other hand, if they want many remote sensors across the entire farm than the system gets more complicated with power and local networking needed.
In designing these different systems I think we have 3 primary factors to consider:
- Ease of use
https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/iot-lp101-best-hardware-devices-iot-project/index.html provides a good overview of the kinds of chooses that need to be made.
Does anyone want to work on a desision tree based for these options?