10 Internet of Things (IoT) Design Considerations: Cost and Network

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 5, 2015 7:22:39 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in BLE, Bluetooth, Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth Alliance, cellular, cellular service provider network, Cloud, connectded devices, cost, Ethernet, gateway, General, hardwares, internet, Internet of Things, internet protocol suite, IoT, IoT capabilities, IoT-enabled, manufacturers, manufacturing costs, mesh network, modules, network, oftware, TCP/IP, technology, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Alliance, Z-Wave, ZigBee, ZigBee Coordinator, White Papers, Wireless, Z-Wave Alliance, ZigBee Alliance

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1. Cost

Connecting products to the Internet of Things (IoT) is essential to manufacturers looking to stay competitive within their industry. Adding IoT capabilities gives consumers more features. It also allows the manufacturer to stay connected with their customer while discovering new product use cases and applications that open them up to new revenue streams. These added benefits for both parties come with a cost though. Connected devices come with higher manufacturing costs but can also be sold with a higher price tag as well.

Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections can be added to products for less than $10 in bill of materials costs. Other technologies, such as ZigBee, Z-Wave and Bluetooth, can be added for a lower price but may require a separate bridge device to get that device on the Internet to access Cloud services.

2. Network

Manufacturers have many hardware and software options when it comes to network technology for their IoT-enabled products. Some devices can be directly connected to the Internet using networking such as Ethernet and Wi-Fi, which are based on the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP). Other products may use wireless technologies; some of which include TCP/IP, but in the end will require a “gateway” to convert the chosen network to either Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Some of the many technologies available include:

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Adding Connected Sensors to your Product for IoT [Podcast]

[fa icon='calendar'] Nov 14, 2014 11:21:57 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in business, Cloud, cloud computing, connectivity, data ownership, embedded, Featured In, General, inter web, internet, Internet of Things, IoT, IoT cloud, IoT Inc Business Show, podcast, retrofit, Sensors

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Want to connect your product to the Internet of Things? The first step is giving it sensors and then connectivity to the Internet of Things. In this episode of the IoT Inc Business Show, Adam Justice takes listeners through the two main approaches to get your products, assets, or environment to the next generation Interweb, known as the Internet of Things.

Here’s What We’ll Cover in this Episode

  • Business questions to ask when deciding retrofit vs. embedded.
  • Situations when retrofitting sensing/connectivity is a great way to get something to market quickly and stay competitive.
  • Why the first approach is often an add-on box that adds connectivity options and control to a current device then work on a strategy to build functionality into future generations of the product.
  • When retrofitting doesn’t make sense because of expense or effort – the metrics to be aware of and the characteristics of the product that kill this approach.
  • Criteria for when a bolt-on or retrofit makes sense.
  • General cost for an IoT add-on box to be sold with your product.
  • High-level steps to embedding sensors/connectivity.
  • How you find the sensors you need and the homework you need to do first.
  • Advice on how to work with a third-party to help with sensor selection.
  • Costs associated with sensor selection.
  • Sensor business models.
  • Approach of fog vs. cloud computing – when each makes sense.
  • Adam’s thoughts on standard bodies, consortiums and associations.
  • Back-end consideration of your IoT cloud or platform.
  • Thoughts on data ownership – what Adam calls the sawdust model

To listen to the IoT Inc Business Show podcast featuring Adam Justice, click here.

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Grid Connect Inc. Selected as Exclusive North American Distributor of High-Flying Products

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 20, 2014 8:26:56 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Canada, China, consumer electronics, custom engineering, engineer, firmware, General, government, Grid Connect, High-Flying, Industrial, internet, Mexico, networking, North America, Press Releases, product engineering, Products, smart home, smart metering, Technical Support, technology, Wi-Fi modules, Wireless

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NAPERVILLE, IL--(Mar 20, 2014) - Grid Connect (www.gridconnect.com), a distributor and manufacturer of networking technology, has been named the exclusive North American distributor of High-Flying products, a line of low power Wi-Fi modules that enable devices to connect to the Internet.

High-Flying Electronics Technology Corporation (www.hi-flying.com), based in China, is a leader in Internet of Things enabling solutions. High-Flying products are used in industrial, smart metering, smart home, government, consumer and education markets.

As the North American distributor, Grid Connect provides High-Flying customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico technical support, customized product engineering and North American inventory, eliminating the time, expense and resources needed for importing, customs and duties.

With Grid Connect's custom engineering design services, High-Flying modules can be pre-loaded with customers' specific firmware, webpages and setup parameters, making modules production line-ready.

North American technical support is provided by Grid Connect's engineers, who are knowledgeable about wired and wireless technology and are trained by High-Flying to customize the software to customers' exact requirements. Technical support is available by phone, email and on-line chat.

"The High-Flying product line compliments Grid Connect's network technology products and services, and utilizes our experience in developing Cloud applications that solve problems," said Mike Justice, president of Grid Connect.

While Grid Connect carries an inventory of all High-Flying products, first time customers can order small quantities or evaluation kits. Additional information and online ordering is available at www.gridconnect.com.

About Grid Connect Inc.
Grid Connect, an ISO 9001:2008 company, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of products that enable the Internet of Things. The company's custom engineering services and attentive customer support ensure that all networking technology products sold by Grid Connect work to customer specifications. In stock items usually ship the same day, and all products come with a no-risk, 30-day money back guarantee. Online ordering is available at www.gridconnect.com. Grid Connect also can be found on Twitter @GridConnect and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/grid-connect.

 

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