Guest post by Kevin Bromber
Over the past couple of years, there has been a lot of hype around the Internet of Things. Every major analyst suggests that Internet-enabled devices will change all industries and all businesses on the face of this earth. IDC forecasts that the worldwide market for IoT solutions will grow from $655 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020. Cisco believes the category is a $14.4 trillion dollar industry.
We are starting to see everything becoming connected: the light bulbs in your home, the shelf space in your grocery store, machines in factories. With these new connections, business cases are popping up everywhere: smart cities, precision agriculture, more efficient healthcare solutions, supply chain improvements, building automation, and many, many more. Much like the Internet did roughly twenty years ago, IoT will bring convenience and efficiency to a totally new level – changing industries and society itself.
But for now, IoT is in its infancy and often quite confusing as to what it is and what the benefits of implementing IoT are. Simply put, the Internet of Things is about machines working alongside humans to improve efficiency. That’s it.
A successful Internet of Things requires the interaction of people, process, data, and things. If all of those components work together in a coordinated, automated fashion, then organizations will be able to lower operating costs, increase production output, reduce manufacturing times, eliminate waste, and make safer work environments.
A big hurdle for businesses that recognize the need to embrace IoT is where to start. Designers, engineers, VARs, System Integrators, MSPs, ISVs and anyone wanting to begin an IoT project must first build a proof-of-concept. This can be a technical challenge as developers and organizations often do not have the time or budget to rapidly prototype an IoT project from scratch.
Even if an experienced developer has familiarity with IoT, they first have to source the devices/sensors and motors (assuming they know what they need); then they have to connect these devices to the Internet via WiFi, Bluetooth, Cellular, Satellite, etc.; then they have to stream the data into the cloud and make these devices (from different manufacturers) talk to each other. All this has to be done before they can even start building out their use case.
There are now over 200 IoT platforms in the marketplace and most people don’t want to invest a ton of time learning the SDKs and APIs from a big IoT Platform. This is why we developed Cayenne – the world’s first drag-and-drop IoT Project Builder. Just like AutoCad is where architects go to start their project, we want Cayenne to be the defacto tool for an engineer to start their IoT project. With Cayenne, IoT development time is optimized and businesses are enabled to scale IoT more efficiently.
To learn more, watch this brief overview video.
To sign up for a free Cayenne account, go to: www.cayenne-mydevices.com
About the Author
Kevin Bromber is an entrepreneur, investor and proven leader with a track record developing, acquiring or selling innovative hi-tech businesses. He has held a number of executive positions in both private and public technology companies. Currently, he is CEO of myDevices, a connected device, IoT platform company that “simplifies the connected world”. (www.myDevices.com)