IoT application development
IoT application development is a territory we have begun to explore over the past few years. We have developed systems based on industrial computer vision and smart fleet management. We help companies at any stages of IoT, from creating brand new IoT systems to extending existing technologies into IoT or maintaining live IoT ecosystems.
The Internet of Things – bringing together physical objects via the internet and enabling them to take actions under our control and supervision via a smart application. A new level of connectivity that started to gain momentum in the last 5 years, now already supporting smart networks and generating a collection of related innovative services and technologies, holding infinite promises for the future.
Does IoT make sense for my business?
It isn’t straightforward to figure out what you need to do to win at IoT. It is a still relatively new technology and as with every new concept, there is a lack of use cases or success stories, thus discouraging corporate leaders looking to innovate.
Nevertheless, IoT applications and use cases transforming productivity are increasing quickly across industries. For example, by connecting fleet vehicles to the internet, operators can remotely monitor the vehicles for defects, apply predictive maintenance and thus reducing downtime events and unexpected costs.
The hardest part to overcome in order to embark on an IoT journey is, first and foremost, a change in the business perspective. Shifting focus from manufacturing goods to exploring new technologies to smart up the production line can feel like a long way. Still, companies need to carefully consider how, where and why IoT aligns with their goals. While considering the promising benefits, managers should also consider what would be the loss of not adopting IoT.
One of our customers, a producer of automotive systems, has moved from IoT-curious to offering a wide array of options to remotely supervise a vehicle, implementing IoT technologies that enable location tracking, fault diagnostics, maintenance and monitoring in 18 months since first getting in touch with us.
When evaluating if and how your company might grow with components of IoT, answering questions like the ones below will help you assess the journey through IoT implementation:
• IoT ideation – what IoT use cases align best with your company’s goals?
• Do you have a strategic roadmap for IoT?
• Have you examined the IoT security facets?
• How will you calculate the ROI of your IoT projects?
• Have you considered how ready is your IT infrastructure for IoT?
The components of an IoT system
There are no standard IoT solutions, what works for one business may not be the right fit for another. IoT deployments will adapt to the organization, its structure, needs and objectives. Outlining the basic components of an IoT system may provide some clarity for where to begin.
In just about every IoT system, the steps above involve 3 key components:
Device: The physical thing collecting data.
User Interface: Web, mobile or another type of application that empowers users to access the data produced by the device.
Backend Web Service: The link tying the two pieces above together.
How to assess IoT services providers?
When seeking IoT providers, it can be tempting to go for the one offering the biggest savings. However, such an approach comes with the risk of low-quality services, delays or bad communication, As a result, you might need to pick up the pieces and fix things. Instead of just looking at IoT in terms of saving money, you should go for a company that you can build a long-term partnership with.
Here are some of the criteria that can help you select which IoT service provider is the best fit for your company
The breadth of knowledge or specialization
One can generally say that the IoT supplier market includes full-service providers and specialized providers. The specialized providers focus on one or just a few of the specific parts of the value chain, like devices, data transmission or processing. Full-service providers offer the devices, software development services and services that make the way through the entire IoT value chain. Also, they usually pay particular attention to a specific vertical market of IoT, for example, transportation or industrial IoT.
If you plan to develop or need focused attention on parts of the solution, specialists are a better option. They also suggest the benefit of premium technologies and tools. Full-service providers are a more convenient choice if you are building a full IoT solution. They also suggest a better choice in terms of security.
As with any service providers, experience is an important assessment factor. In IoT, the experience in vertical markets, particularly related to technology specializations, is even more important as IoT is about interconnecting several machine types. For example, a manufacturing environment can include multiple machines, devices and sensors. To synchronize all of them in an efficient and secure IoT system one need to have a good understanding of the types of machines and equipment being connected. Finding a partner that has already done implementations similar with your IoT use-case will save you time and money. This can suggest a good-quality end result.
The more connected devices in a system, the higher the risks of performance, network capacity, and cloud data storage. The specific parts of the value chain used in an IoT system need to be able to keep the performance if the number of connected devices grows. If your IoT system provider is using shared infrastructure for all its customers, an increased load on one customer could affect the other systems. Question to ask your potential IoT supplier: how many endpoints can you support for a system in a single vs across all data centers?
With so many components in line, IoT system poses higher security risks then the traditional cyber security we’ve all come to master. The devices, the connections, and the cloud solutions, they all have individual security protocols that need to be addressed. At a bare minimum, the connectivity between the devices and the cloud platform should be secured using standard identity-based authentication such as X.509 based certificates. Ask your provider about the existing authentication methods and encryption ciphers and the capability of the platform to handle SSL termination.
Support & System Lifetime
With IoT, the support services are essential for maintaining the system once it is rolled out. In case of anything going wrong, one needs to be able to easily transfer the system to someone else. Ask about the existing options for long-term support and full project documentation. If available, you will rest assured in case of a possible migration to another platform.
What we can do for your IoT project?
We offer end to end IoT solutions from helping companies to discover the potential applications to implementing custom systems.
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