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Developing the development: These quality products help IoT companies create quality products

The Internet is growing. For some time now, it hasn’t been just connecting people but also machines, sensors and surroundings, and there is no indication for the trend to slow down – quite the opposite. We are currently witnessing the first wave of intelligent, communicating and adaptable devices accessible on a global scale. They’re becoming ubiquitous in the grand scale. This means that the developers of these devices, and the services that are created around those devices, are starting to feel the pressure of the industry.

Speeding up the industry with easier development cycle

“Many companies are only beginning to grasp the possibilities of IoT. The interest is huge, but just a few applications know what kinds of IoT solutions are needed or what kind of added value they can bring to the existing business processes”, says Lewel’s CEO Jukka Kangas. One good way to tackle such situations is to create a pilot project which then demonstrates the client the benefits of the solution. “With our SeeMORE concept, we can speed up the development process from concept to field testing while maintaining the reliability of the solution”.

However, Lewel isn’t the only company in the field taking care of development process snags. The industry is rife with application possibilities, and the ease of access for developers could well prove to be a key point in the business. “We started to think about how we could make all this easier for the developers themselves, and came up with ThingSee One”, muses Ville Ylläsjärvi. He’s the founder of ThingSee, a brand new start-up from Haltian, the northern star of IoT industry from Oulu and in a sense a start-up itself. Their launch product is ThingSee One, a sensor-packed development platform for IoT development companies, providing them with a power savvy package that’s also easy to use. “What we’re talking about is a totally new way to develop an IoT product with less initial investment”, Ylläsjärvi continues.

Trusting the tested tech

“According to our clients, one of the benefits of the SeeMORE concept is technological maturity. We use existing tech depending on the application needed, which helps us optimise the power consumption”, says Kangas. “For instance, systems based on MESH topology make the network management and the system deployment easy.” His colleagues in ThingSee are on a similar track. “The ThingSee One uses 2G radio technology, allowing it to work in practically everywhere while allowing it to stay online up to a year without external power supply”, explains Ylläsjärvi. Also, as it is being widely used tech and tested for almost 20 years, 2G has practically no surprises for the developers. As the amount of data transmitted is not that large/big when compared to entertainment or application purposes, the network speed isn’t an issue.

Lewel Group recently got involved in building Ouman’s IoT networks, which in turn help Ouman further create more energy-efficient projects and improve their automation solution business. Growth seems to be the buzzword in the IoT sector. But even with an industry generally seen as one of the biggest growth segments in the near future, ThingSee’s founder Ylläsjärvi keeps his cards close to chest. “We’re talking about business in its early stages, so I won’t be giving any grand targets for now. The market has all the potential for extremely rapid growth – we’ll see how this works out for us.”