Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Virtual development lab aims to speed up commercialisation of IoT products

Steve Rogerson
January 14, 2015
In response to growing demand for IoT development and support, San Diego-based M2M DataSmart has launched its IoT Development Lab for making the concept-to-commercialisation process easier in the SMB, entrepreneurial start-up and OEM community.
The DevLab will provide options for hardware and network services, along with application and development support at a cost effective, one-stop-shop experience for emerging IoT companies that need to build and test innovative products prior to carrier certification and commercial launch.
"As a long-time advocate in the emerging IoT community, DataSmart's expertise in M2M brings a competitive differentiator for emerging OEMs and developers in today's IoT market,” said Marc Adams, vice president for DataSmart. “With the addition of our experienced RF engineers, open-standard platform (middleware) resources and our robust network data and device management platform, M2M DataSmart will continue to be disruptive in IoT through accelerating the commercialisation process."
Creating a simpler, faster development-to-commercialisation process should let OEMs and IoT developers concentrate on selling and marketing their application and allow for reduced cycles around speed-to-market across their value chain. The DevLab will operate as a virtual environment where developers will have instant access to dedicated resources and real-time services without incurring the higher costs and resource requirements of traditional tier one carriers or IoT platform providers.
Additional DevLab partners are due to be announced early this quarter, with key elements of the lab to include at launch available OEM hardware products for purchase to initiate development and provide continuity for hardware and platform support. There will also be airtime products from legacy (2G and 3G) to broadband (LTE) platforms, inclusive of service access and airtime usage.
Also included will be dedicated front-end engineering support services in minimum ten-hour blocks at a flat fee of $500 with scalable engineering support that includes: carrier interface and pre-certification support; hardware antenna testing support; network access and firmware support; and commercial logistics project-based support.
There will be access to M2M DataSmart’s device and data management portal for real-time data usage, monitoring, alerts and network notifications.