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It's that time of year again; the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is back in Las Vegas, and you can bet there are some Internet of Things (IoT) developments on display.
One such development comes from IoT company myDevices, creator of the Cayenne IoT platform. myDevices is set to officially launch its new IoT Ready Program, which promises IoT interoperability for hardware manufacturers.
Manufacturers who participate in the free IoT Ready Program will have their hardware Cayenne-enabled, meaning their devices can talk to any other Cayenne-enabled devices, regardless of manufacturer. Their hardware will be enabled with Cayenne features including cloud connectivity, remote monitoring, data visualization, triggers and more.
In addition, participants in the program will be added to the Cayenne library, making their hardware accessible to all developers using the Cayenne platform. Current manufacturers in the program include Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Texas Instruments, among others.
Connecting to Cayenne
Devices can link to the Cayenne platform with many connectivity types, including WiFi, cellular, or LoRa (Low Power Wide Area Network, also called LoRaWAN or LPWAN). For the latter, myDevices has partnered with LoRaIoT gateway manufacturer TEKTELIC Communications, and OrbiWise, another IoT infrastructure provider.
These partnerships allow for a combined solution of the TEKTELIC KonaEdge LoRa Pico gateway with the OrbiWiseUBiQLoRa Core Network server. Together, these provide IoT connectivity from end devices through to data visualization on the myDevices Cayenne platform.
“The combined solution provides an ‘instant-on’ IoT experience that removes a lot of the complexity from delivering commercial IoT solutions quickly and cost effectively to the end users,” said TEKTELIC CTO David Tholl.
The IoT Holy Grail
The issue of interoperability between IoT devices is one we've written about extensively, and for good reason. As myDevices CEO Kevin Bromber put it in the company's CES announcement, “Getting different devices from different manufacturers to ‘talk’ to each other has been the holy grail for IoT.”
“For years the IoT industry has tried to develop a set of unified standards, but we can no longer wait to see if this will happen or continue to get derailed,” continued Bromber.“With our free IoT Ready Program, developers can mix and match sensors, gateways, and other devices all within one project simply by dragging and dropping from our extensive library of supported devices. The use case possibilities are endless and, fortunately, standards are not necessary.”
While the IoT Ready Program seems an appealing option to hardware manufacturers, the important takeaway is to consider the larger world of IoT devices when building your product.The more of these devices that your own are compatible with, the more customers will consider your hardware.
You can learn more about the IoT Ready Program on the myDevices website. To learn about a similar ecosystem of compatible IoT products, read our recent article, “Azure Releases Catalog of Certified IoT Devices”.