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How the Makers of Things connect the components of IoT

Program Manager, IoT Platform Offering Management, Ecosystem Partner & Community Development, IBM Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is based on a careful balance between both the Internet and the things or components within it. This balance occurs locally and globally, in the design lab and on the assembly line, whether in buildings, on roads or in our own pocket.

By the year 2020, the world is expected to be using more than 25 billion connected devices. To connect them, components need to connect. For this reason, a proper solution for engineering devices should be put into play, or projects will continue to exceed budgets and miss deadlines. Internet of Things components are complemented by two horizontal and interlocking lifecycle processes:

  • Making: A process in which continuous engineering of both individual devices and systems of devices takes place.
  • Operating: A process in which devices are used to create value—select operational data is collected for analytics, predictive analytics and maintenance, and for improving future operations.

The focus here is on the making process. A maker is someone who is designing and engineering a physical object used to achieve high value and service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices. Understanding the design and engineering aspect of the Internet of Things is important so that these connected components are created effectively and efficiently.

Far too many conversations are focused around the object included in an Internet of Things project. Many people are not aware of the process around the creation, design and development of these objects and the systems of devices that need to be implemented.

As organizations decide to jump on the Internet of Things bandwagon and invest in connecting devices, they tend to go about it the wrong way. They end up incurring high costs because they are unable to stay current with appropriate regulations or properly conduct tests. For example, if a component cannot support the connection in an intelligent way because requirements were not thought of early on in the design phase, they are required to re-engineer the device. Re-engineering is extremely costly.

The way to overcome this hurdle is by implementing a continuous engineering solution that incorporates quality, project planning, requirements management, design and modeling all rolled up in a way that helps to gain predictability while engineering connected devices. This kind of solution also accelerates the delivery of increasingly sophisticated and connected products. Engineers are able to better manage dependencies and respond to change more flexibly and quickly than ever throughout the development lifecycle, while controlling costs, quality and potential risks.

IBM has invested in the makers of things with a solution that helps with the development of systems engineering. IBM acquired a few companies to gain rights to create this comprehensive IBM continuous engineering Internet of Things solution.

Create better products with continuous engineering.