Embedding sensors with data communication capabilities into physical objects and then connecting those objects to a network seems easy enough. However, in order to realize the full benefits of those connected objects -- the Internet of Things -- you’ll have to ensure their stable connectivity and the speed and availability of the network as well as collect and figure out how to utilize the data transmitted from those objects. And when those objects are products that need to provide real value to customers, the situation is even more complicated.
An IoT device platform can be helpful for firms lacking the time, domain expertise, and other resources necessary for building the infrastructure that makes the Internet of Things tick—the message brokers, fleet management tools, and integration APIs that transform Internet of Things connected devices into innovative solutions that benefit consumers and businesses.
Due to the availability of cheap, low-power sensors, ready-made hardware, and open source software libraries, some product manufacturers assume that it is easy to create and deploy IoT services and solutions. And some firms do try to make the IoT journey alone—building their own Internet of Things infrastructure and applications. However, DIY IoT is challenging and often ends up being very costly and time-consuming not to mention disappointing when products end up hacked or left on the shelf by unimpressed consumers. One can find examples of the latter in the smart home Internet of Things marketplace.
An IoT device platform helps companies overcome the challenges of DIY IoT and mitigate the risks of IoT projects. A comprehensive IoT device platform gives you access to people with experience in developing connected products and services as well as a cloud-based infrastructure, which offers you the scalability necessary for deploying large numbers of devices and supporting millions or even billions of data messages.
An IoT device platform provides you with device management and support capabilities and various IoT-specific security mechanisms—a must for consumer-facing products. And, an IoT device platform offers out-of-the-box connectors, APIs, and SDKs, which are critical for developing web or mobile applications and for integrating data from different devices and sources with backend systems. An IoT platform for medical devices for example, is essential for aggregating, integrating, and analyzing data from different connected healthcare solutions and other sources of clinical data.
Xively is an easy-to-use IoT device platform that makes it easier for companies to rapidly develop and deploy and effectively manage and support IoT-enabled services and products. The Xively IoT device platform simplifies and accelerates connected product deployment by giving you access to powerful software solutions and our secure, scalable cloud-based architecture. With Xively, you can safeguard your devices and users’ data better, connect and update your devices faster, and integrate device data with other systems easier—to deliver maximum value to your customers.
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