Young Professional Riding the IoT Wave with an Impressive Half-Duplex on ThingSpeak
By Arijit Banerjee
As a fresh graduate in Electronics, Parth Soni was always drawn towards the practical application of the theoretical knowledge he had amassed while pursuing a degree in B.Sc from St Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad. This inclination led him to explore the different aspects of device technology even after finishing his bachelor’s degree. Here’s his story:
Parth’s interest in electronics started on early in his childhood. “When I was young, my father used to buy battery-operated toys for us, which were all the rage at the time. I think I must have been in Class 1 or 2 when one of my toys stopped working, and I was intent on figuring out a way to restore it. Thereafter, I was always more taken by the assortment of blue, green, yellow, red, and black wires firing up the many intricate circuits. That I think was one of the major defining moments for my interest in electronics,” Parth says.
“Growing up, all my school projects and assignments somehow revolved around electronics. Therefore, a B.Sc in Electronics became a natural choice after completing school. It was because of my passion for the subject that I was able to excel at this course and emerge as the university topper for my batch,” he adds.
Towards Cloud Computing
Having studied Electronics, Parth’s focus shifted to learning about the practical applications of this theoretical knowledge. “I started out by exploring different aspects of device technology between 2016 and 2018. It was then that I learnt about the Cloud Computing Course being offered by Manipal ProLearn, and it perfectly fit the bill of what I was looking for. The course curriculum helped me understand the nuances of digital technology and its impact on the world and environment around us,” Parth says.
“Up until that point, all that I was doing was not directly connected to the internet in any way. Any connection, if at all, was limited and tangential at best. The Cloud Computing course helped change that. I attended a lot of Manipal ProLearn webinars on IoT as part of the course and even afterwards. The main objective was to garner the ability to use IoT for testing ways to get internet access using the hardware available,” he further explains.
The course helped Parth develop a Micro-controller Platform – a sensor-based platform that has been programmed to connect analogue quantities with memory systems in the short term. You can also use this platform to switch between appliances using RHML or infrared remotes.
The Mico-controller Platform can send data such as temperature, humidity, and type of power to the cloud. Once on the cloud, this data can be processed for various purposes.
“The data on the cloud can be processed for Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Internet of Things (IoT), all of which was covered in the course curriculum offered by Manipal ProLearn. This helped further deepen my understanding of different aspects of cloud computing,” Parth explains.
“As Manipal’s Cloud Computing IoT sessions helped develop a clearer understanding of the concepts, I was able to successfully implement a half-duplex on the IoT community called ThingSpeak. With this, I was finally able to execute the transferring of data from the physical hardware to the ThingSpeak cloud. I could send any analogue values like temperature, pressure, humidity, using Arduino programming, to ThingSpeak. Now, I am developing a full-duplex model, which will facilitate a two-way transfer of data between hardware devices and the cloud,” says Parth, elaborating on how the course helped him execute IoT projects.
“We were given different tasks to build IoT solutions as part of the course and were also taught to work with the cloud computing service, Azure, as well as AWS platform, Open Stack, Google Cloud Platform and Pivotal Cloud Foundry, all of which help one transform into a competent cloud developer,” he adds.
“IoT will transform the world as we know it, and a lot faster than we can predict. If you compare the development across the world of the last about five decades from 1960 to 2000, to the development that has taken place since the turn of the millennium, it becomes clear that the internet has revolutionised our world faster than ever. Internet of Things will escalate that transformation. As a professional foraying into cloud computing, my focus remains on scaling this tide of change,” says Parth.