Internet of Things IoT platform
A fully integrated IoT platform for customers and partners that enables them to quickly build and scale sustainable connected solutions. The solution we were involved in combines several projects: hardware, a cloud-based device management platform, and a digital dashboard.
According to a report by MarketsandMarkets, the global IoT platform market size is projected to reach USD 13.0 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 25.0% from 2021 to 2026.
The client’s IoT platform project is a groundbreaking initiative that aims to revolutionize the way businesses collect, analyze, and act on data generated by connected devices. The platform includes several sub-projects, such as a cloud-based device management platform and a digital dashboard that provide businesses with real-time insights into customer behavior, operational performance, and product usage.
The IoT platform market is highly competitive, with several huge players vying for market share. However, the market is also growing rapidly, driven by the increasing adoption of connected devices in various industries, such as manufacturing, healthcare, and transportation.
One of the main challenges for our client was ensuring the security and privacy of the data generated by connected devices. Another challenge is the interoperability of different IoT devices and platforms, which can hinder the seamless integration and analysis of data.
- Duration: Jan 2021 – August 2022
- Location: Netherlands
- Industry: IT Services and IT Consulting
- Backend development, Frontend development, Embedded Software development, Mobile app development
Developing an IoT platform requires careful planning from the business and execution from the development team. Business owners need to be aware of the challenges involved and take steps to address them to ensure the success of their IoT initiatives. The main challenges were:
– An IoT platform must be intuitive and easy for both end-users and developers. Providing a seamless and user-friendly experience is crucial to driving adoption and ensuring the platform’s success.
– Such an Internet of Things platform must handle large volumes of data and support many devices. Businesses must ensure their platforms can scale up as the number of connected devices grows.
– IoT devices are often connected to sensitive systems and data, making security a critical concern. So our client wanted to ensure their system was secure and protected against cyber threats.
– This IoT platform generates vast amounts of data, and our client’s business needs to be able to store, process, and analyze this data effectively. They needed the right infrastructure in place to handle the data volume and velocity of data generation by IoT devices.
– The main tasks were creating a mobile application for device provisioning, management, and updates; implementing new security protocols and features on devices and the IoT platform; creating new widgets for displaying device data and white-labeling platform.
- User Interface. This IoT platform provides a user-friendly interface for developers and end users to interact with the platform, including dashboarding, alerts, and reporting.
- Device Management. IoT platform allows businesses to manage and monitor connected devices, including provisioning, configuration, firmware updates, and troubleshooting.
- Data Management. The platform enables the collection, storage, and analysis of data generated by connected devices and provides tools for data processing, visualization, and analytics.
- Connectivity. This Internet of Things platform supports various communication protocols and standards, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular, and Zigbee, to enable seamless connectivity between devices and the cloud.
- Security. The platform includes security features to protect against cyber threats, such as authentication, authorization, encryption, and firewalls.
- Integration. Our solution provides APIs and integrations with other systems, such as CRM, ERP, and analytics tools, to enable seamless data exchange and workflow automation.
- Scalability. This IoT platform is designed to scale to support large numbers of devices and data volumes, with high availability and fault tolerance.
- Edge Computing. Our IoT platform supports edge computing, enabling data processing and analysis to be performed closer to the source, reducing latency and improving performance.
- Machine Learning. The IoT platform includes machine learning capabilities for predictive maintenance, anomaly detection, and other advanced analytics use cases.
This cloud-based device management platform is available for all development boards and modules. It works from smartphones or desktops to provisioned devices.
– Our client’s product, the IoT platform, is a huge project with several sub-projects. The solutions in which our team was involved included: a cloud-based device management platform and a digital dashboard.
– All devices appear on the platform within seconds, ready users to move on things like Network Selection, secure Over The Air (OTA) Firmware updates, and more.
– Subscription and publication of messages using the MQTT protocol for organizing a network of devices for their connection, registration, control, and management in The Things Network.
– The digital dashboard allows users to find all connected devices and their owners. It has messaging, mapping, and visualization features, all to bring a community of people together.
Our technology stack
- Apollo GraphQL
- Firebase cloud messaging
- Enhanced Customer Experience: This IoT platform offers new personalized services, predictive maintenance, and remote support, improving customer satisfaction and loyalty.
- Data-driven insights: This IoT solution provides our client with actionable insights into customer behavior, operational performance, and product usage, enabling data-driven decision-making.
- Improved operational efficiency: The digital dashboard allows us to monitor in real-time and manage devices remotely, automate processes, and optimize workflows, reducing costs and improving efficiency.
- Increased revenue: By enabling new services and revenue streams, such as subscription-based models, pay-per-use, and usage-based pricing, this IoT solution enables new business models and revenue growth.
As a Solution Architect, I was involved in developing solutions for the cloud-based device management platform and the digital dashboard. I was also involved in developing mobile applications, firmware on devices to support new security protocols and authentication mechanisms, and tools and scripts for device provisioning on the production line. Our team's collaboration and dedication ensured that we delivered high-quality solutions that met the client's requirements.