IoT Product Development

IoT solutions become more ubiquitous, there’s a natural weeding out of the good ideas from those with poor value propositions. Beyond the simplest applications, the highest value opportunities involve increasingly complex systems.

Complex IoT solutions require more attention to product design details. Common mistakes companies make when they embark on an IoT product design project can delay or even cripple implementation.


Design and development

In this phase, developers gather all the information regarding an IoT product including its requirements and services. They make decisions about the hardware and software platform, communication type, sensor analytics, storage, alerts, network configuration, security, etc.

IoT has opened doors for new experiments and developments. Developers require more flexible development methods to build better applications and deploy them with different applications efficiently. When a single standard of device connectivity is not available, it becomes necessary to have various platforms and ease of integration. In this case, having a pre-configured development platform which is already optimized for IoT and has no requirement of using actual devices can speed up development and improve efficiency, minimizing errors and delays.

IoT provides a cloud-based development platform which enables anytime, anywhere access for distant development teams to coordinate efficiently. Since IoT is susceptible to security breaches, an end-to-end security strategy must be considered at inception i.e., at the design stage. Creating a security function at this stage reduces complexity, saves time and lowers the risk of security breaches caused due to misconfiguration.


Deployment

Deployment stage has various phases like:

1. Proof-of-concepts

2. Pilots

3. Commercial roll out

As compared to deployment of traditional products, the deployment of IoT solutions is quite complex. This is due to the involvement of many stakeholders (solution partners, system integrator, end users, customers) in the process. 


Preliminary presentation and configuration of an IoT platform in the field has to be done swiftly and smoothly. Planning deployment and activation of consumer 
products can ensure its success even at a large scale.

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