Dear Ayla,

We have a good group of software and hardware engineers with experience designing and building modern products with plenty of built-in electronics. Why shouldn’t we build IoT-connected versions of our products ourselves?

Signed,

Independent and Cost-Conscious Manufacturer

Dear Independent and Cost-Conscious Manufacturer, banner_200x200_green-12.png

We applaud your initiative and empathize with your goals and desires. But here’s the harsh truth about the IoT: It is so much more complex than you can possibly envision. Unless you’ve already done a few large-scale IoT implementations, there’s simply no way you will figure out all the possible pitfalls in time to avoid them.

Even if you were to miraculously avoid all the pitfalls, it’s almost certain that you will run into problems as you scale your products, or as you try to make them interoperate with your future products and those from other manufacturers, or as IoT technologies continue to morph and evolve.

At Ayla Networks, all we do is focus on IoT technologies, and we continue to learn new things all the time. And because the IoT is all about interconnectivity, and because user expectations are so high, you have to get every detail just right, or your connected product will fail.

Here is just a small sampling of the range of considerations you would have to master to build your own IoT-connected products:

  • Network security practices, for both wireless networks (user application connectivity) and device-to-cloud networks
  • Device security, including access controls and authentication
  • Networking and security protocols
  • Data encryption, privacy, and governance
  • Mobile/web application user experience design, plus mobile/web app look and feel
  • Responsive, low-latency performance
  • User registration, login, and authentication processes
  • Reliability and resilience, including a plan for what happens to your connected devices when the network is down or power is lost
  • Working with cloud service provider architectures
  • Over-the-air (OTA) communications
  • Power or battery management
  • Scheduling
  • Documentation
  • Warranty and service considerations
  • Interoperability with products from other manufacturers, future versions of your own products, and various clouds, service provider networks, and third-party services
  • Scalability to thousands or millions of devices

Luckily, all these considerations, and more, are already built into the Ayla IoT platform. As we see it, you’re not losing your independence by working with our IoT platform; you’re gaining the freedom to focus on what will make your connected products into top-performing stars in your markets. And as for cost, we can help you end up with a better connected product, ready for market much faster than if you did it yourself, and almost certainly for less cost.

Find out more about why we recommend buying versus building your IoT platform. If you have more questions about the Ayla IoT platform, contact sales at TDM-us@aylanetworks.com.

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