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How to Quickly Prototype Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Lora, GPRS, Cellular?

If your project requires an IoT solution with multiple radios, or compliance with special safety certifications, there are no platforms in the market currently that can build it out successfully within weeks. Single board computers (such as raspberry pi, beaglebone) won’t help you.  In this article, we describe the best tools (hardware platform, and software platforms) and methods “The new Lean IoT Methodology” that explains the fastest approach to get to the field trial stage, and also leverage that design when you are ready for a large scale roll out.

Building an IoT product or program requires competencies in many areas (hardware design, firmware, big data, integration, etc.). There are many parts that can go wrong, so building an IoT solution has a lot more risk than other software projects.

Hardware Platform – Swift Core

The best way to create a solution with multiple radios is Swift Core – a new hardware reference design and platform introduced by Swift Labs earlier this year. It is a robust hardware platform that has native support for just about every wireless solution you will ever need including:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Cellular
  • Sub 1Ghz radio
  • LoRa
  • GPS

Swift Core gives development teams hardware that is functional and representative of final product on day one. Starting with Swift Core is a better approach than designing from scratch; it saves money and time because 80% of typical requirements are already built out and the rest can be customized quickly.

The Swift Core platform allows you to get a complex solution in the field quickly.  After the field trials are complete, you can leverage the same reference design to build a final solution, including only the radios that you need.  This is the fastest way to get a robust solution to market.

In addition to providing the connectivity for IOT applications such as for oil, gas, mining, industrial, automotive, agriculture and health, Swift Core also offers advanced data processing capabilities right on board. It can gather and process sensor data for image recognition, machine learning and Artificial intelligence.

Swift Labs also provides supporting services for manufacturing readiness as well as regulatory and certification testing.

Companion IoT Enablement Platform (LiveIntersect)

The LiveIntersect IoT Platform is a companion software solution that works with Swift Core out of the box.  Swift Core can transmit real time temperature, GPS position, accelerometer position and other sensor readings to the LiveIntersect platform where the data can be used in predictive analytics, notification rules, dashboard integrations and much more. 

Methodology

“The Lean IoT Methodology”TM  focuses on risk and time as opposed to the traditional focus on scope and cost for creating new solutions. It validates the adoption process for current technology and business operations, minimizing the disruption, while maximizing its rate of success. This approach utilizes and optimizes on existing IoT technology stack, software platform, hardware tools and connectivity partners.

TRADITIONAL APPROACH LEAN IOT METHOD
STRATEGY Scope, Cost and Time Focus on De-risking issues in the fastest time
PROCESS Waterfall/Agile development Iterative Agile
TOOLS Old Tools: Not optimized for IoT tech stack New Tools: Optimized for IoT Stack, software platform, hardware tools, connectivity partners
MANAGEMENT Gantt Chart Feature Burndown charts, Release charts
IMPLEMENTATION RISK High Implementation Risk Low Implementation Risk

How is this beneficial to you?

You can select a sophisticated hardware technology like Swift Labs- and create an IoT prototype on top with LiveIntersect within weeks. When scaling to a full deployment- you can easily remove unnecessary components. You can easily add new features or components over-time as your solution expands. For 15 years, we have helped companies like yours to bring your IoT vision to market in areas such as retail, financial services, government and agriculture.  Based on our Lean IoT™ Methodology, we can make each deployment rapid and issue-free.  Our process is about creating minimum viable product (MVP’s) to address the highest priority risk (could be business risk or technology risk) and iterating through a build-measure-learn loop. Our approach is based on building only what’s needed in the current iteration – AND – the delivery is fast because the technology delivery uses our proprietary LiveIntersect™ platform that we’ve developed as a result of over 15 years of experience.

Most of the reference platforms in the market, require an expensive effort to develop a custom solution. With LiveIntersect’s modularity, now you can cut the development time in half. Along with the ability to connect different devices with the Swift Labs radio boards, LiveIntersect adds the uniqueness to make the data presentable for data analytics, reports, notifications, alerts and automation. The combined model consisting of Swift Labs hardware platform and Esprida’s software, opens endless possibilities for several industries, providing end-to-end service from design and testing to manufacturing, compliance and connected solutions.

If you want to see a prototype or a minimum viable product, that can enhance your current product or improve your operational efficiency, reach out to us for a free discovery session.

Esprida Corporation

www.esprida.com

info@esprida.com

For the past 15 years, Esprida has helped its customers bring their IoT vision to market.  We are trusted experts when it comes to developing IoT solutions for manufacturers serving retail, financial services, government and agriculture.  Based on our Lean IoT™ methodology, Esprida makes each deployment rapid and issue-free.  Our process is about creating minimum viable product (MVP’s) to address the highest priority risk (could be business risk or technology risk) and iterating through a build-measure-learn loop. Our approach is based on building only what’s needed in the current iteration – AND – the delivery is fast because the technology delivery uses our proprietary LiveIntersect™ platform that we’ve developed as a result of over 15 years of experience.

Swift Labs

www.swiftlabs.com

info@swiftlabs.com 

Swift Labs, ranked #14 for the fastest growing technology companies in Canada 2017; provides a full range of product development services, including mechanical, electrical, RF/antenna design, power management, firmware development, verification and program management.

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