Internet of Things (IoT) technology is transforming the way companies do business in a big way. You can enable IoT applications to collect real-time data and trigger response actions, automating processes that would otherwise rely on manual labor. You can use IoT technology to collect customer information in an unobtrusive manner, helping to inform and improve your marketing, business development, and customer service practices. Or you can develop your own IoT-enabled product to market directly to consumers.
Afraid to get your hands dirty? You have options for a POC
Getting a proof-of-concept can be a major challenge. When it comes to implementing new technology, there’s a big barrier to entry. Most companies don’t have the in-house engineering know-how to create custom IoT deployments that work with their products, and you don’t want to invest in mass manufacturing without a working prototype.
Getting started with a new technology project can be daunting, but it gets a lot easier because using IoT makes it easy to build a proof-of-concept. ThingLogix helps its clients jump this hurdle by partnering with various companies including Digital Six Labs, which has developed a proprietary “Whisker Engine” IoT module. The Whisker Engine is a low-cost IoT module that relies on LoRa (long-range wireless) technology. Common wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth Low Energy or NFC, limit wireless transmissions to several hundred feet, products based on LoRa can achieve a transmission range of up to 10 miles outdoors, while operating on standard AA batteries. These tiny modules can easily clip into existing digital and analogue sensors and devices and can be paired with GPS tracking devices to provide tracking services within the device’s entire LoRa range.
The Whisker plugs into the USB hub of any Mac, PC, or Raspberry Pi computer, and connects to cloud-based services, such as Amazon’s newly acquired ThingFabric. Sensor-collected data from connected devices can then be displayed and automated actions in response to triggered alerts—for instance, as part of a food safety warning system, an SMS alert message based on changes in temperature in a walk-in cooler.
This makes it a seamless process to quickly and affordably prototype new Internet of Things based systems before determining whether they will make sense for your business to incorporate on a broader scale. These modules can be quickly assembled to send data, and combined with cloud based applications or integrations into legacy systems, your business will be able to realize the true potential of IoT technology and how it can help you innovate and streamline your operations.
It can take time to come up with the right proof of concept for an IoT system for your business. By using simple wireless modules for rapid prototyping, you can quickly get a sense of what works and what doesn’t before investing heavily into the technology. When you’re ready to deploy a company-wide IoT implementation or to manufacture your own IoT product, you’ll have already analyzed your processes and won’t need to worry about wasting time or money on solutions that aren’t the right fit.