In most tech industries, specialization is key, and companies aim to dominate narrow verticals. However, when it comes to the Internet of Things we keep hearing about offerings of end-to-end platforms. This sets a challenge for IoT companies, obligating them to practice completely different tasks. So what are the elements that define a complete end-to-end platform on an expert level for a powerful IoT prototype?

Hardware

The new hardware movement has emerged as the enabler of IoT. Hardware is transforming and being deployed fast and in much lower costs. When choosing an IoT platform, keep in mind that you are seeking microcontrollers, sensors and communication chips. The optimal scenario includes chips with excellent power envelopes, low prices, small sizes, genericity and scalability (can integrate with multiple and different applications).

Software mobile SDK

Now that you have your hardware placed on your object, it’s time to communicate with it and create content. Since we’re talking about a platform and not a service, you’re gonna have to do the coding yourself, but behold, you don’t actually need to get your hands dirty. A good SDK will give you everything you need to build your original IoT apps in a user friendly way. The SDK should be easily integrated with the hardware and easy to build apps on. In software like hardware, scalabilty is everything. The SDK should be able to communicate with different types of hardware without limiting you. This important criteria can be easily overlooked when starting your first IoT pilot, but when thinking forward it’s a no-brainer. Throughout the process, you might want to add more hardware elements, more sensors for wider measurements, and your SDK has to be compatible and allow flexibility. The alternative is to start over and waste precious time and money.

Cloud

Last but not least, we’re talking solid business and financial benefit. The IoT platform you choose to use has to offer cloud connectivity. Think of it as your Google Analytics for the physical world. The cloud platform aggregates data gathered by your sensors for real time insights. This is where you can discover accurate and meaningful patterns in your data depending on your measurement objectives. You can be a farmer seeking to increase yields or a door knob manufacturer checking customer usability use cases. In any case, these big data analytics will lead you to better decision making processes. The ideal platform will also provide an API giving you freedom to conduct your own data analysis without managing the infrastructure. As mentioned before, your goal is to get maximum independence letting you unleash your creativity without technical hassles.

Basically, an IoT platform lets you build your products yourself with the right tools and support. A good platform will offer flexibility, allowing the connection of multiple and different objects throughout your project journey. The successful platforms are the ones that guide makers whilst assuring independence. Friendly platforms are creating an overlap between varied fields (hardware, software, cloud) an enabling developers to approach territories that they have never experienced before. Want to hear about our IoT platform? Contact our team of expert info@atomation.net or visit the Atomation website.