New Transforma Insights Study Identifies The Need for IoT to Be ‘Connected-by-Design’

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Transforma Insights has today published its free Transition Topic Position Paper, sponsored by Eseye, entitled ‘Connected-by-Design: Optimising Device-to-Cloud Connectivity.’ The report examines the transition occurring in how IoT deployments are developed, moving from a one-size-fits-all approach built on technologies that were not developed with the constraints of IoT in mind, to a ‘Connected-by-Design’ approach, reflecting the unique requirements of each IoT use case, the complexity of the mix of components, and where careful consideration is given to how all the elements are optimized, particularly connectivity.

The key findings of the report are:

  • The diversity and complexity of IoT require careful navigation. Every use case considered under the umbrella of ‘IoT’ has unique deployment characteristics, whether it relates to access to power, requirements for bandwidth or latency, volume of data, frequency of communication, resiliency, up-time requirements, limitations of form factor or cost, and numerous others. At the same time, it is a highly complex development environment, with a ‘full stack’ that includes sensors, embedded operating systems, networking, application data management, business process integration, end-to-end security, and compute, all managed across device, edge and cloud.

  • Cross-optimization of the elements of the IoT full stack is critical. Given the constraints under which IoT use cases typically operate, the elements of the full stack must be optimized for the needs of the application, particularly making use of a range of technologies that have emerged quite recently specifically aimed at IoT-constrained deployments. It is not enough, however, simply to use components that are individually optimized for IoT, developers must ensure that they are cross-optimized with each other.

  • Connectivity is the lynchpin of IoT. Due to the distributed nature of IoT, connectivity is the lynchpin, and the most critical element to cross-optimize with others. All other dependencies will be subsidiary to those related to connectivity. For this reason, developers need to adopt a ‘Connected-by-Design’ approach which simulates how to best architect a distributed application, implementing the appropriate features and functionality.

  • The optimum way of building an IoT solution is by applying principles of ‘Connected-by-Design’. Because of the unique nature of every IoT use case, the requirement for cross-optimization, and the particular criticality of connectivity, IoT solutions need to be built with considerations of connectivity permeating the whole of the solution development process, not bolted on at the end.

Commenting on the report, author Matt Hatton said: “Many will be familiar with the concept of ‘Secure-by-Design,’ whereby considerations of security are at the forefront of a product design process, permeating the whole development process. This provides a far superior framework than attempting to overlay security at the end of the development process. The same thing applies to connectivity in the context of IoT. It is fundamental to the proposition, acting as the glue that binds the various elements of the stack, and there are many potential pitfalls. This means that it cannot be simply bolted onto the solution after it has been built and/or deployed. It must permeate the design process. Hence ‘Connected-by-Design.’”

Eseye’s Larry Socher, SVP of Strategy & Product says “More than other IT applications, building successful IoT solutions requires a tailored approach. Every device and use case is unique, and each deployment comes with its own constraints and idiosyncrasies. While embedding connectivity intelligence upfront increases flexibility and resiliency and helps future-proof a deployment, ideally ‘connected-by-design’ uses a holistic approach in which all components of the solution are cross optimized. A great example of this is selecting low-powered connectivity options such as NB-IoT and LTE-M to maximize battery life for a device that may be in the field for 10 to 15 years.

The Position Paper examines all aspects of the IoT full stack and the ‘Connected-by-Design’ approach to addressing it. The report is free to download here.

About the Position Paper

The Transforma Insights Position Paper, sponsored by Eseye starts with a consideration of the diversity of IoT use cases. It then examines the full IoT device-to-cloud stack, and the array of complex elements required to manage data flows in a distributed environment. This includes a discussion of sensors and actuators, operating systems, compute/storage, edge computing, application/data, business and process integration, and end-to-end security and management. A specific section then looks at the connectivity element, which is perhaps the most crucial in IoT, focusing on the nine key sensitivities of IoT use cases which will dictate connectivity technology choices, including cost, access to power, and requirements for speed, latency, availability, and mobility. Finally, it proposes an approach to best ensure that the complexity and diversity of IoT are optimally addressed: ‘Connected-by-Design.’

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About Transition Topics

Transforma Insights has identified a series of aspects of the Internet of Things that are going through a period of fundamental transformation. These IoT ‘Transition Topics’ are the subject of Position Paper reports and Virtual Briefings identifying the key aspects of change and how organisations should position themselves to be best placed to realize the opportunities generated.

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About Eseye

As a world leader in IoT connectivity solutions, Eseye applies deep IoT device expertise to help businesses realize lasting value from global projects. We work closely with customers from idea to implementation and beyond, to deliver near-100% connectivity to millions of devices across the world.

We see IoT differently. We always start with the device. Taking this approach we have delivered successful projects across all industries for global brands such as Shell, Costa, BT, and Amazon.

Our multi-award-winning IoT connectivity solutions, including the AnyNet+ IoT eSIM and iSIM, the Hera IoT hardware, the AnyNet SMARTconnect™ smart connectivity software, and the cloud-native Infinity IoT Connectivity Management Platform™, enable us to successfully design and implement global IoT projects of any scale or complexity. We are supported by a powerful partner ecosystem, seamlessly connecting devices across 190 countries, and remaining network-agnostic by tapping into over 700 available global networks. We are known for our pioneering market firsts including ZigBee, multi-IMSI SIM, and now the industry’s first IoT Readiness Level (IRL) Framework™ which accelerates IoT project deployment with our flexible IoT LaunchPad service program.

Our advanced range of IoT connectivity solutions and services has been further strengthened by our acknowledgment as a Visionary in the Gartner® 2023 Magic Quadrant™ for Managed IoT Connectivity Services, Worldwide. Nobody does end-to-end IoT better. Learn more:

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Transforma Insights is a research firm focused on the world of Digital Transformation (DX). Led by seasoned analysts we provide advice, recommendations and decision support tools for organisations seeking to understand how new technologies will ch...
Transforma Insights is a research firm focused on the world of Digital Transformation (DX). Led by seasoned analysts we provide advice, recommendations and decision support tools for organisations seeking to understand how new technologies will ch...