3. Consumer challenges
Your customers’ demands and requirements may change constantly, and it can take an incredible amount of time, energy, and manpower to keep up with them. Customers may use your IoT product in ways that you didn’t even expect, creating issues that you hadn’t anticipated.
The solution here is to make your IoT hardware as modular, flexible, and extensible as possible. This issue also highlights the importance of enabling OTA updates for your IoT device.
An IoT product is only as valuable as the company that created it. Many IoT vendors have already gone out of business, leaving devices possibly full of bugs that no one will ever fix. Unless the product has some useful offline capabilities, it becomes obsolescent.
Unfortunately, there’s no easy fix to the maintenance issue in the current IoT landscape. In the future, a larger administrative body could possibly move IoT into a realm where products are more configurable, open, and standardized. This could help others continue to maintain IoT devices if the original creator ends their support.
When you’ve deployed roughly 5,000 IoT devices, further scaling becomes almost impossible without a series investment in IoT enablement technology. Your networks and systems should be able to expand automatically and easily, or else you risk hitting a breaking point that will cause your services to slow down or crash.
The solution here is to architect your IoT product for scalability from the very beginning. Use tools and services that can scale easily, e.g. public clouds like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Storing your data in the cloud will not only protect it from disaster but will also greatly enhance scalability when you run out of space.
You also need to consider the question of physical scalability, in the event that you experience unexpected spikes in customer demand. Look for a manufacturer you can trust who can help you take advantage of these increases with economies of scale. The best IoT development partners have the knowledge and experience to help point you in the right direction.
6. Performance tracking and monitoring
IoT devices will be subject to real-world conditions that are unlike those in the lab—and perhaps unlike those you anticipated. This can cause unexpected errors and failures, as well as a greater need for support and maintenance.
To model the conditions that your product will be in, you can use digital twin technology. A digital twin is a virtual replica of an object that simulates its appearance and behavior in the real world in order to identify any discrepancies.
In general, think ahead of time about the environments that your IoT device may encounter. If you have a narrow use case for your product, such as outdoors or underwater, you can narrow this down to perform more targeted research.
Not Just About Getting Out The Door
Don't wait until your product is in customers’ hands to test the device in the real world. As the IoT product market becomes more mature, it’s no longer enough simply to get your device out the door and on shelves.
Its important to work with an experienced IoT partner — like Very—to navigate the development process and prepare for the challenges ahead. Reach out today, and let us know about your next IoT product.