IoT Platform Requirements to Consider

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IoT Platform Requirements to Consider

When organizations are contemplating bringing a new IoT product to market, the questions typically asked are:

“Do we build our own platform and then develop our IoT product? Or, do we develop our IoT product on a platform that already exists?”

Considerations for Building an IoT Platform

Here are some common requirements to consider when developing an IoT product.

1. An IoT Platform should be highly available and scalable.

An IoT platform should be highly available with minimal downtime so that your customers can always access your product. It should be scalable and allow you to add more devices or more payloads from existing devices that automatically scale with every device and/or payload.

As you can imagine, building a highly scalable and available platform is a difficult task that requires a lot of time and resources. The value an IoT platform gives you is high availability and scalability from day one without hiring additional resources, such as dev op engineers or allocating time at the start of your project building a platform before you can start developing your product.

Further reading: The Industrial Internet of Things & Network Security Standards

2. An IoT Platform should securely connect data to the Cloud.

An important part of any IoT platform is easily and securely getting data to the cloud. This data can come from many different places, such as sensors, devices, or 3rd party databases/services.

Rather than focusing on getting this data to the cloud, you want to spend most of your time building the branded user interface and analytics part of your product, where your customers will get the most value. A platform should simplify bringing data in securely by having authentication methods already built-in. This allows for less of a need for SDKs or lower-level code to get the data out of the device to the cloud and provides an easy way to update the sensor or device on the fly as needed. Clodless IIoT: is this possible?

Read the full post from Losant for 4 more items to consider when developing an IoT product.

About the Author

Kevin NiemillerKevin Niemiller is a Solutions Architect at Losant. He uses his factory floor background in automation and systems integration to develop the Losant platform by connecting new software, hardware, and cloud products. When he’s not working, Kevin enjoys time with his wife and kids; making his own home more intelligent with IoT; and maintaining his blog.


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