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How Device OS Powers Your IoT Product

At Particle, we commonly differentiate ourselves from other IoT solutions by saying we are “fully-integrated.” This means that we handle all the complexity of IoT for you, so that you can focus on your core product, not IoT infrastructure. Particle's operating system, Device OS, perfectly captures this differentator because it facilities the complex integration between hardware, firmware, and network connectivity on all Particle devices.

Managing this complex integration is often underestimated as a nontrivial responsibility, but it is a large reason why 75% of companies that bite off new IoT initiatives fail to deliver them on time. The most successful companies are the ones that work with their IoT partners at every level of integration, not leave the hard work to you. This paper explains why this integration work is so challenging, and how Device OS manages this complexity for you.

How Long Term Evolution Technology Stands To Change The IoT Marketplace

For the past 2-3 years, both the cellular and IoT industries have been abuzz with the imminent arrival of cheap, lightning-fast, widely-accessible LTE. The entrepreneurs, developers, companies,and journalists waited patiently as deadline after deadline passed. But eventually, that patience gave way to frustration and ridicule. And rightly so.

Finally, with the release of Particle's E Series LTE Module, accessible, scalable LTE for IoT has finally come to fruition. With this new technology, everyone from individual developers to multinational corporations will find real, substantive value from this new form of cellular connectivity. In addition to lower hardware costs and superior coverage, LTE adopters will be certain to future-proof their products from the inevitable sun-setting of 2G and 3G bands.

Power Management for Internet of Things Devices

When designing an IoT product, it is important throughout the design process to consider how a device’s behavior will effect its energy budget. Energy consumption, battery capacity, and power generation are key components of the energy budget. This paper includes recommendations for optimizing power usage, storage, and generation. These recommendations include methods for low-power component selection, proper use of sleep modes, and selection of the proper type of radio and correct battery chemistry.

Because low power applications are so common for IoT and connected devices, Particle hardware and software supports these design strategies and provides flexible and intuitive engineering tools for getting the most customer and business value from a single charge.

The Emerging Economics of IoT

As with every major technological sea change, the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) has occasioned both widespread success and widespread failure. The enthusiasm with which entrepreneurs, investors, and governments have embraced IoT is a testament to its profound social and economic potential. In many cases, however, enthusiasm has outpaced understanding. As a result, the emerging IoT industry has been rife with the kinds of miscalculations and misapplications that often plague early adoption.

As IoT moves past its infancy, however, certain trends and economic realities are becoming increasingly clear. The most significant of these revelations is that traditional hardware business models do not readily apply to IoT technologies. This is due primarily to the fact that IoT devices carry recurring, infrastructure-related costs that don’t apply to traditional hardware. As a result, IoT technologies only prove truly advantageous when their application results in recurring, continuous value for the customer. This paper reviews the main use cases that result in such continuous value - including Compliance Monitoring, Preventative Maintenance, Remote Diagnostics, Asset Tracking, Automatic Fulfillment, and Premium Consumer Upsell.

How the Internet of Things is Revolutionizing Supply-Chain Management

IoT technologies are proving revolutionary in their ability to provide inexpensive solutions to some of supply-chain management’s most costly and complex problems. More sophisticated and affordable asset tracking, state monitoring, and data collection have granted unprecedented oversight and control over supply chains of all sizes. In this paper, we will explain how IoT solutions stand to make such a monumental impact across the entire supply chain.

IoT has provided supply chain managers with increased visibility of assets through the entire supply chain. This visibility stretches from the factory to the point of consumption. Visibility opens up many areas for supply chain improvement including improved demand forecasting, better customer service, and reduced operating costs. To find out more about how IoT is changing supply chains, fill out our form at the right.

Security Checklist for Internet of Things

By the end of 2020, there will be 21B IoT devices worldwide, creating a massive network of self-driving cars, connected energy grids, and smart appliances. As innovative companies build towards this connected future, they must constantly evaluate the risks that come with these large IoT networks.

This paper will detail the unique risks of connected devices and best practices for IoT security. It is based on the advice of experienced professionals and leaders in this emerging field.

Download this IoT security checklist and overview of Particle's approach to security in the Internet of Things.

How IoT is modernizing the transportation and logistics industry

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become one of the most comprehensive solutions for modernizing services and operations in the transportation and logistics industry. In fact, experts project that IoT technologies will have a $1.9 trillion impact on the industry. With so much opportunity, it makes sense that so many companies are looking to connect their assets and enter the IoT arena.

With the right IoT solution in place, enterprises can connect their operations, allowing them to track their assets remotely, be alerted the moment something starts to go wrong, and gain real-time visibility of their fleet management systems. To illustrate this impact, this paper will outline how IoT technologies have transformed inventory, logistics, and more in the transportation industry. This paper will also explain how Particle’s unique approach has helped clients develop effective IoT solutions that have transformed their fleet management systems.

Prototype to production: Building your first PCB Prototype

If you're an engineer, entrepreneur, hardware enthusiast, or anything in between, you've probably read or heard this phrase before - “Scaling a product from prototype to production is incredibly difficult.” Most experienced product designers, engineers, and production managers know this and wear their experience like a badge of pride.

However, the purpose of this ebook is not to endlessly catalog the perils of hardware, or to lecture on why it so frequently goes wrong. It's to convince you that, although bringing a product from concept to reality is difficult, you can do it. The purpose of this ebook is to provide you with helpful information and useful tools to make the process of bringing a product from prototype to production a little bit easier and a lot less intimidating.

Six Ways to Make Money With IoT

According to the McKinsey Global Institute, IoT will have a total potential impact of up to $11.1 trillion a year by 2025. With so much opportunity, it makes sense why so many companies are looking to connect their devices and enter the IoT arena.

But simply adding an internet connection to your widget doesn’t mean your business will make immediate profits. IoT products come with significant ongoing costs – web infrastructure, networking, and other connectivity and data-related costs. If you can’t justify the additional value to your customers, those costs will eat away at your margins.

The most successful IoT products are those that deliver recurring, continuous value for your customers (and recurring revenue for you). While there are a lot of ways you can create value, we’ve found that there are six different primary ways companies make money off of their IoT products.