Emerging from the big Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, we wondered, “Are manufacturers introducing anything that isn’t an IoT product?” As Stacey Higginbotham, CEO of Stacey on IoT, put it so succinctly, “At CES 2017, the concept of ‘put a chip in it’ was apparent everywhere.”
In the smart home segment of the Internet of Things (IoT) market, we observed huge growth just since last year. As in past years, Ayla Networks had a booth in the CES Smart Home zone. Last year’s Smart Home section felt like a small island in an enormous sea of exhibits; the CES 2017 Smart Home area took up half a floor at the Las Vegas Sands Hotel.
Close your eyes and imagine this scenario: a VP sales approaches the CEO and says that she knows there are a lot of great sales tools out there, but she wants a budget to build sales tools that are especially well suited to their business. It will only cost $500K to build, and then just a few hundred thousand each year to keep it running. Well, maybe it will cost more. Now imagine that CEO’s reaction.
Connected devices often have a cloud access component to interface with a user app. But there may be some real differences in what the cloud actually does. What can that cloud do and why should it matter to you? If you have a Wi-Fi camera at home sending video of your fish tank to your office PC screensaver, that’s a cloud implementation (a dumb cloud, but a cloud nonetheless).
In December's contribution to the IoTWorld community site, Ayla Networks' CEO, Dave Friedman, admits he doesn't really know what's next for the Internet of Things. In fact, nobody really does. That's why manufacturers of connected products have to build-in flexibility into their Internet of Things platforms, to easily accommodate customer's changing needs.
What does this all mean for a development team tasked with designing and supporting world-class connected products?
Ayla’s Agile IoT Platform accelerate the development, support, and ongoing enhancements of connected products for the IoT.
Ayla’s end-to-end software runs across devices, the cloud, and applications to provide secure connectivity, data analytics, and feature-rich user experiences for our customers as well as the end consumer.
Offered as a cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Ayla’s flexibility and modularity enables rapid changes to be made to practically any point of the platform at any time.