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Architecting the Industrial Internet by Carla Romano, Robert Stackowiak, Shyam Nath

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Smart device and networking costs

Now, we will turn our focus from costs associated with the backend infrastructure to the costs of smart devices and networking outside of the data center. Smart devices that contain sensors continue to decline rapidly in price as the sensors in them grow in functionality but become cheaper and more power efficient. Smart devices range from off-the-shelf (more expensive initially, but requiring much less customization) to completely customizable kits (cheaper initially as piece parts, but requiring extensive development and time to build a solution at higher costs).

How the devices transmit data also impacts cost. The type of network transmission impacts power consumption (and battery life when not solar or ...

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