INTERNET OF THINGS
Developing an interconnecting Internet of Things device requires the integration of industrial design, electrical & mechanical engineering, and user experience design. As an external party, we add value through project integration, due to our hands on IoT experience designing and developing IoT products for clients such as Panasonic, Siemens, and Fujitsu. Our gained knowledge has resulted in our unique lean Integrated Design Process, where one core team (consisting of the different disciplines) takes the project from start to production.
INTERNET OF THINGS
The sensors generate data. This data can be stored, analysed and used to create new functionalities.
The data analysis creates insights and knowledge, how and where process can be improved.
During tests, the parameters, thresholds and automation’s can be improved to optimize the functionalities.
The added functionalities can save time and money for the companies and the users.
Instance, accurate user feedback can help to improve the product.
Improvements, new services and functionalities can be added after the initial sale.
Through the internet connection the improvements can easily be implemented.
Added value is created by communication, interaction, automation and prediction.
Strategy & Project Feasibility Analyses
IoT projects can be complex. It depends a lot on the functionality, conflicting requirements and the innovation requirement.
To overcome these uncertainties we offer a feasibility study with a detailed report as a deliverable. The report will give a clear insight how we would develop the product and which components to use. If already work is done we will evaluate it and give our opinion. The report will contain very valuable in formation because it is created by a team of consumer electronic experts with years of experience developing low cost/high quality consumer products. It can also be the bases of a business plan and to know the investment needed to develop the product.
Data is the core of the internet of things. In our IoT analysis, we research the complete use context (user, stakeholders, context) to pinpoint what is valuable in the IoT context. The IoT analysis is concluded with a strategic proposition, describing future functionalities, user experience, and opportunities.
Component Specification Loop
When the product opportunity is defined, the component specification loop process ensures that all the important aspects are tackled before the product development starts and it gives insight into the consequences of certain choices. We are able to develop an idea into working prototypes within 3 to 5 months. Prototypes can be used for a product launch or user tests. When the decision is made to bring the product to the market, the time to production is short. Most of the mechanical and electrical engineering challenges will be solved.
Selecting sensors for your product is essential for the type and quality of data and user feedback you collect. The key is not to aimlessly collect as much data as possible but to carefully and deliberately collect only the necessary data, no more no less.
Energy consumption and the power supply is another key consideration that comes with IoT product development. Products that require batteries need to carefully balance out the functionalities (power consumption) and with the battery life.
Connectivity is one of the primary challenges facing IoT products, every frequency has its own advantages and disadvantages and finding which one is right for your needs is crucial to the success of your product. Range, penetration, costs, data usage, privacy, uploading frequency, size and availability are some parameters that must be taken into consideration.
Validation is a must in product development. Before approval all products are validated by our engineers, or if required by certified validation partners. Our goal in the validation process it to identify potential problems in the design and use as early as possible. After a succesful validation we offer multiple solutions and alternatives to ensure a smooth transition from design development to manufacturing.