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The Internet of Things (IoT) is no longer simply a future trend

The future is already here, and the legions of connected devices, not to mention ideas for developing new IoT applications are growing by leaps and bounds.  In 2015, the Huffington Post estimated that the potential value of IoT will be in the range of $3.9 to $11.1 trillion per year by 2025.

The scope of growth presents challenges for many IoT entrepreneurs who are actively envisioning, designing, and delivering connected products. Chief among these is a shortage of technical talent with the knowledge of the many issues involved, and experience implementing solutions for connected products.

The Pitfalls of IoT

The Internet of Things is, in essence, the merging of software into physical products, and enabling these products to connect to internet resources which deliver some part of the product's features. Industry analysts have cited software as being the key differentiator between many similar products. We have all read news reports about internet-connected products that have reached the market having serious flaws, many if not most related to software.

Many IoT product ideas originate with companies that have heretofore produced physical products (hardware). But now they need to design products with a software component. Lack of experience with, and understanding the complexity of software engineering, combined with the shortage of software engineering talent with the right experience to develop for IoT, can be traced to the root of the problems that have made news - and it still presents a challenge for many would-be IoT product companies.

First Line Software Does IoT

Our software engineering teams, which include architects and designers, developers, and project managers, are among the world's best trained and most experienced. From Day 1, our object has been not to simply produce software, but to deliver good software. That dedication prepared us well for delivering IoT software services. Success in IoT means good software and good systems engineering as an integral part of good products that contain, expose or interact with that software.

"As more such appliances are run by software, people will be increasingly reliant on programmers’ ability to write good code." 
-- Vint Cerf (a.k.a. "Father of the Internet")      PC World, 25 August, 2015 

A couple of key characteristics of good software for IoT devices include:

  • Reliable: Thorough testing is too often skimped on by IoT product development companies, either from lack of experience with software testing, or misconceptions about its relative importance. 
  • Secure: You have certainly read about devices whose security was compromised in a matter of hours or even minutes. Here again, IoT product companies have not had available development resources who were experienced with software security.

Talk To Us

If you have a super idea for a great IoT product or solution but are having difficulty finding the experienced technical resources for the software side, then we should talk. Our IoT engineering experts will make sure you are well acquainted with the issues pertinent to IoT product development and recommend an approach for your product. (We are happy to conduct all such discussions under NDA.)

When you select First Line Software as the software development service partner for your IoT project, we will work closely with your business or market analysts to understand the target use cases and users, and with your hardware engineering team to create an integrated process that includes software as a component of your overall product line engineering.

Check out this brief video and contact us today to explore how you can capitalize on IoT market opportunities in your sector.

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