Internet of things (IoT) is about capturing and making sense of data from the physical world. Soon, every physical device will be a source of data and this data can potentially become a source of business value. We have all heard the predictions about the explosion of IoT data and the IoT data deluge. All of this IoT data is useless unless it is collected, understood and used to make smart decisions.


IoT chart showing the increase of internet of things in the next 20 years.

In this post, we describe how new advanced real-time visualization platforms can create situational awareness and support real-time decision making – particularly for complex physical environments.  We also touch on how the Live Earth visualization platform integrates with VMware Pulse IoT Center to present real-time data on the health and performance of IoT infrastructure.


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Consider the operational complexity of today’s large sports stadiums and events. Managing large scale sporting events like football, baseball and soccer games and ensuring visitor safety creates unique challenges. Severe weather, mass transit delays, traffic congestion in and around the event venue can significantly impact the event experience. Additionally, handling large crowds with rapidly shifting excitement levels creates challenges for dealing with accidents, damage to property or medical emergencies.

Real-time visualization helps improve response and event management by aggregating numerous IoT data streams from various systems, sensors, vehicles and video, providing an integrated operational view across large physical environments – like a sports stadium. Live Earth is just such a platform.

Stadium operations teams can greatly benefit from a reliable real-time visualization system that displays vehicle and pedestrian traffic. This is particularly critical in emergency situations, where operations managers need to ensure a smooth and safe entrance and exit for event attendees. Operations teams can be instantly notified about changes in traffic patterns or parking, such as when a garage nears capacity, or when traffic jams are about to occur. Staff can respond to serious problems as soon as they happen and pro-actively respond to prevent problem situations from getting worse.


Further, Live Earth integrates with VMware’s Pulse IoT Center to present operational data from IoT infrastructure captured by Pulse IoT Center. This adds infrastructure data from IoT Gateways, sensors, surveillance devices and other infrastructure components into Live Earth visualization to give operators visibility into the performance and health status of the entire IoT infrastructure. Ensuring that IoT infrastructure is operating correctly is critical because if an infrastructure component fails or is tampered with – it’s data stream may stop transmitting. Presenting IoT infrastructure data alongside pedestrian and traffic data gives stadium operations a complete understanding of what is going on in any given location at any given time.


Visualization Unlocks the Value of Data

For IoT data streams to be useful and productive, visualization systems must execute the following:

  • Develop situational awareness by presenting data streams in context within a physical environment making data actionable
  • Create location-based intelligence by presenting multiple concurrent data streams
  • Support real-time decision making by combining multiple data sources into a single multi-layered visual display
  • Enable multiple data correlations to be viewed and analyzed in real time
  • Combine new IoT data with existing data to discover new business patterns and trends
  • Monitor IoT devices and infrastructure to ensure stable and proper operation, ensuring IoT data flows continuously without interruption



A key take-away here – by combining multiple data sources with a real-time visualization platform, organizations can consolidate new and actionable information to improve their business and their operations. These tools are particularly applicable to situations that can benefit from real-time decision making. With all the data presented in a central location, organizations can assess threats, acknowledge alerts and visualize all systems in context without missing critical moments that could get lost in the natural chaos of real-time events.



Real-time visualization, combined with advance 3-D mapping technologies, and advanced IoT infrastructure and device management are powerful new tools that bring context and situational awareness to IoT data. Live Earth and VMware are partnering to make the edge intelligent by integrating Live Earth’s real-time visualization with VMware’s enterprise capable edge and IoT infrastructure management solution – VMware Pulse IoT Center. With the Live Earth and VMware solution, you can implement comprehensive real-time visualization and management across a distributed edge and IoT infrastructure.



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