A Complete Guide to IoT

A guide to the Internet of Things and building connected devices for the consumer IoT market.

 

 
 

What is IoT?

The Internet of Things, or IoT, refers to a network of everyday, ordinary objects that are connected to the internet. Everyday things can include your car, your refrigerator, your watch, your thermostat or just about anything else you can imagine.


What Are the Benefits of IoT to the Consumer?

When ordinary things are connected to the internet (often referred to as "connected" devices or "smart" products) we can control them from anywhere. Remote control can enable so many activities—things that can help up us in our everyday lives.

For example, voice assitants such as Google Home or Alexa can remind us when to take our medicine, or connected devices can help us by doing simple tasks like automatically turning off our lights and turning the heater down when we go to bed. The applications of connected devices are endless, and are only just now beginning to emerge in everyday use.


What Are the Benefits of IoT to Businesses?

When devices are connect to the internet, companies can automatically update software, monitor the health of the device, provide service and support as well as gather data about use for continuous improvement.


What Industries are Involved in IoT?

The IoT revolution will touch just about ever aspect of our lives and every industry as the sector evolves. This includes both industry and consumer applications. For example, in the transportation industry, IoT is being used to manage large fleets of trucks, in manufacturing , production line management, monitoring and maintenance is possible. The auto industry is working to meet customer needs for smart home applications. For example, imagine arriving home. As you drive up the drive the garage door opens and a series of in home autimated routines take place such as turning up the heat, lighting your walk to the door, and generally making your arrival home as frictionless and enjoyable as possible.

Healthcare is another great example of the endless useful applications for IoT. For example, wearables can stream health data back to medical providers, in home digital assistants such as Alexa and Google Home can remind you that it’s time to take your medicine.


A Guide to Building Connected Devices

Are you creating or rethinking your IoT and connected device strategy? There is a lot to consider. We get it.  That’s why we’ve mapped out a hierarchy of needs for building connected devices—a framework to help you and your team get started.

 

Image 1.1: IoT Hierarchy of Needs

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With a logical IoT framework in place, it’s easier to ask the right questions and cover all of your bases. You can download the complete guide here.

View My Guide to Building a Connected Device

What is an IoT Gateway?

An IoT gateway facilitates communication between IoT devices, sensors, equipment, systems and the cloud. Gateways provide connectivity to multiple “things” via Ethernet, WiFi, Zigbee or any combination of network technologies.

Smart IoT gateways also support edge computing and data analytics, as well play an important role in data security.

Many organizations also implement IoT device control and management and IoT protocol translation on gateways.


What is an IoT Platform?

An IoT platform provides a number of ready built elements that enable hardware manufacturers to connect to their devices to the internet.  Elements of an IoT platform can include:

  • A gateway to the internet
  • A mobile application that connects your device to consumers
  • Cloud infrastructure so that you can, for example, remotely update the device’s software, supply fixes, request something from the device where you need a response, and of course the device will be gathering data, such as customer usage and/or sensor data that you will want to manage and store.
  • Authentication, Management, APIs for Your Devices & Users and implement Device Lifecycle management.
  • Third party integration with services such as Google Home and Alexa.

All managed within a very secure environment.


Build vs. Buy Your IoT Platform?

Should you build or buy your IoT platform? When designing, building and shipping connected products, there is a lot to consider. The cloud enables all sorts of experiences that were never possible with static, unconnected devices. On the flip side, connectivity to the Internet can mean risk and high support costs over the lifetime of the product, making the business case for connected devices potentially unfeasible… Find out more by reading the complete post on Build vs. Buy.

View My Build vs. Buy Blog Post

Yonomi ThinCloud IoT Platform and Yonomi One App Platform

What device makers inevitably find is that developing an IoT cloud platform is a difficult and dangerous undertaking—chock full of unanticipated expenses and challenges—often resulting in products that are late to market and expensive to support.

But these pitfalls can be avoided.  Using the Yonomi ThinCloud Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS) can help achieve great cost savings by utilizing world class, proven technology for the low level device and user management services while still enabling you to add on the custom features that distinguish your product.

Yonomi One is the last mile of IoT connecting your customer to your product through an elegant mobile application. Yonomi One handles the complex tasks required to integrate with all the top smart home devices and platforms. With the SDKs and APIs provided by Yonomi, companies can integrate their apps and devices with more than 70 popular smart home products. Complex smart home features like automated Routines, preset scenes, voice assistant control, and remote access are all built-in to Yonomi One’s rich feature set.

 

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