No longer a tailpipe dream or futuristic ambition, IoT is becoming more and more popular and attracting attention from cities, buildings (schools, offices, hospitals, and more), and homes. The connected age is here, but the end-to-end deployment of smart solutions can be overwhelming if projects are not well planned in advance. Here are the basics and keys to a successful IoT project.
1. Clearly identify your priorities and objectives
Whether related to security, reliability, or connectivity, complex obstacles face companies, including a multitude of technologies, mixed levels of maturity, timid acceptance of new use cases, restrictive regulations, and other factors that complicate choices and slow down decision making.
This is why companies must first define their IoT strategy and get clear about their priorities and the benefits they want to gain from it. Lower maintenance costs, refine operations, minimize logistical costs and times, or develop new services for customers or employees? It is absolutely essential to establish a digital IoT roadmap in line with how data will be processed and utilized.
2. Move from the idea stage to Proof of Concept
After identifying priorities, companies should identify the most relevant use cases. One way to do this is to pick employees’ brains to come up with as many ideas as possible, identify the most promising of those ideas, and move toward a qualification phase. This all-hands-on-deck method of innovating can generate thousands of ideas and get everyone involved.
Then, the best ideas are turned into Proofs of Concept (PoC). This is also called a Proof of Value because it demonstrates the technological ability to receive, transmit, process, and analyze data and provide evidence of the value generated by the use case. Solutions should then be prototyped and tested.
3. Select an IoT platform
As far as connectivity is concerned, uses guide the selection of solutions. Use the following criteria to help with this step:
- The level of mobility of the connected objects and thus their interior and exterior coverage requirements
- The volume of data to be transmitted
- The battery life of objects
- The interoperability among often different protocols, brands, and equipment
For this, IoT platforms help companies speed up their time to market by reducing costs and speeding up the development of IoT products and platforms, without eliminating technological choices. To help you with this difficult decision, Overkiz offers a state-of-the-art IoT platform that can be integrated into existing processes, accommodate business challenges, and adapt to your solutions (customization, component-level adaptation, etc.).
Overkiz can help you build your home automation solution and turn your products into connected equipment, allowing you to:
- Bring IoT solutions to the market quickly
- Create new connected product lines and value-added services
- Open up new income opportunities
- Build new B2B partnerships
- Collect and analyze usage data in real time
- Improve the customer experience and build loyalty
- Provide end-to-end support, from defining your project to marketing your solution and keeping it secure
4- Plan for and follow best practices
All of this can help you successfully move into the world of IoT if you take to heart our recommendations to plan carefully and follow best practices (connection to and from the company, extended data processing, personalized customer experience, etc.).
Beyond the technological challenges, the success of an IoT project primarily means successfully handling the change involved. Processes will become optimized and performance will improve only with a change to the roles and behaviors encompassing each and every person in the company.
Once your project has been launched and your solutions have been rolled out, it is important to manage and monitor your equipment effectively, including device connections, monitoring, remote control and maintenance, all functionalities and services offered by Overkiz.