Internet of Things: What’s the Big Idea?

By Estelle

 

 

Internet Of Things


Written by Hong Bai *

Starting from January 2013, right after Google announced its $3.2 Billion acquisition of NEST, the expression “Internet of Things”, known as IoT, has suddenly become the big buzz word in all different industries. Engineers and business leaders are having all kinds of discussion around this area over social media. And some among them did successfully transform their business by creating disruptive innovations based on IoT oriented technologies, such as Parrot or Withings.

However, among all those discussions and successful business cases, there is one question that was never clearly answered: what’s the big idea about internet of things? I think that everyone may have his/her own answer to this question and there does not exist an absolute definition to which we can look upon. I would like to share my own opinions about the true nature of IoT here.

First of all, to understand the term “internet of things”, we have to start with the word “things” that refers to the products that are enabling IoT usages. There are two important features about these products: mobility & connectivity. These two features have already served in many consumer and industry use cases , and their main purpose is: collecting live information from anywhere at any time. This leads us to the second important element of IoT – data.

When you have one device collecting information for you, the outcome of that process is called data. But when you have billions of connected devices that are collecting all different types of information for you, then it will become Big Data. In my opinion, Big Data is the derived content of IoT. Its purpose is to be analyzed in order to better understand the behaviors of systems or consumers. Once companies can identify the patterns and interrelations among different behaviors, which seem to be random or disordered, they can anticipate events or activities that will occur in the near future and build an offer to bring additional value to users. The best way to deliver such additional value is through services.

Service is the third important element of IoT. It is also the most profitable and valuable part of the entire IoT value chain. If product and data are about creating needs, services are usually designed to be the exact solution to satisfy those needs. For instance, if I have a product which collects information about one’s body weight, it will collect a huge amount of data about people’s weight. From those data, I find out that people will start looking for professional advices once their body weight is 30% above the average. It allows bringing fitness services offering to those people to satisfy their needs. This provides an extraordinary user experience to the end consumers.

Now, the answer to my previous question seems to be obvious, the big idea of IoT is to have connected devices collecting data for analysis, and offer exceptional services based on the result of the analysis, to create unique user experiences.

Are you Ready for the Internet Of Things? Join us at Solidworks World 2015 and attend the session “Mechatronics engineering experience for Smart Devices with SolidWorks”  on Monday Feb 9th  from 10.30  to 12.00 pm.

* Hong Bai is the High-Tech Industry Mechatronic System Design Consultant @ Dassault Systèmes. In his role, Hong is working with worldwide  leading Electronics companies to support their key business process transformation initiatives. 

Overcoming complexity during High Tech product development

By Eric

Consumers and businesses alike demand and expect products that perform flawlessly, provide continually improving experiences, anticipate their needs, are small and light weight, and are fast, interactive, and simple to operate, explains CIMdata.

That’s nothing new. But providing powerful, yet simple to use consumer electronic products is not a simple case anymore! Today’s electronics are so complex that no one person can hold the entire design in their mind. As a result we now have to abstract development and depend upon that abstraction to properly link underlying design detail to the overall design. Moreover, development teams are now often geographically distributed to attain lowest possible design costs. So, we trade improved outcomes for increased complexity. We then depend upon development experience software to manage the relationships for us. That’s not as simple as it sounds. It requires a vast range of experience considerations and capabilities, with many of them working against each other, thus demanding artful compromises in implementation.

Adding to this challenge, electronics and software are pervasive across many industries, requiring manufacturers in transportation, healthcare, business and other industries to act as if they were high –tech businesses. So, not only must these companies become highly competent in software and electronics development, they must do so at the cutting edge, managing all of the current complexity that many high tech manufacturers face.

CIMdata develops the challenges and solutions for electronics and High Tech products development in this whitepaper. I believe you will find key information for improving your next product development.

 

LG Electronics and Accelerating Time to Market

By Eric

The story of LG Electronics illustrates our vision for accelerating time to market for new product introductions. LG Electronics uses a centralized repository to manage their development processes. For them, having a product history helps the company accelerate time to market by organizing and tracking development data. It also increases the company’s development bandwidth as they can focus their efforts on innovation rather than duplicating prior work.

We interviewed Cheon Hee Youn, senior manager at LG Electronics where he enlightened us about LG’s reasons for choosing Dassault Systemes to assist with development acceleration.

As does LG Electronics, we believe that accelerating time to market requires high tech manufacturers to ease collaboration between system engineering teams by using a single repository for all product development data including specifications, 3D models, code, analysis results, and manufacturing requirements. Not centralizing can cause new project to quickly get off track with duplication of past work. In fact, Dassault Systemes proposes a new full experience to develop smarter products faster by lightening the development process complexity.

The more consumers look for multi-function high tech products, the more manufacturers face highly complex systems development. The challenge is that sometimes key design elements must be ‘outsourced’, perhaps to another company division or team or even to a business partner. When the teams must collaborate on a new project and haven’t worked together before, having a robust collaboration process and platform is critical to fast ramp-up and design delivery.

On a related topic, prototyping is a required development task to assure on-target product configuration. However, physical prototypes can be very expensive and if you’re off target with your completed prototype, then finding the best configuration becomes a guessing game. Many of our customers are now simulating prototypes to enable development of multiple prototypes to assure on-target configuration.

At Dassault Systemes, we are honored to support LG Electronics with their development process enhancement for all its divisions: Mobile Communications, Home Entertainment and Home Appliances and Air-conditioning.

Eric Rogge is a member of the High-Tech Industry team



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