We are delighted to partner with DELTA to bring their practical experience of developing IoT solutions through the entire process from ideation through to manufacture to our partners.
Do you have an IoT idea or an existing product and want to implement IoT? This is where to start.
The biggest barrier for implementing a new technology like Internet of Things (IoT) is to create a specific vision for the new product or service. During the ideation phase, the Nordic IoT Centre guides you through a process in which the concept for your IoT application is matured, tested, and validated so that it can be implemented. To do this, your ideas are challenged and variations of the idea are generated. We do this by including multiple stakeholders such as user, clients, expert design panels, software developers, ERP integrators, approval management specialists, or whoever can help test and clarify your idea.
IoT is a disruptive technology useful for many existing markets. Taking an outset in a new idea or an existing product, our Ideation and Validation methodology bridges the gap between technology and design. By placing the product concept in realistic contexts – and exploring new materials, technologies, connectivity methods, business models, and markets – the numerous ways you can make a meaningful and smart product is exposed. By partnering with the innovative partners in the Nordic IoT Centre, your IoT application will become well defined and implementable.
Do you have a technical challenge or specific doubts before launching a development project? This is where to start.
When you have defined a specific application and developed the first prototype, it is critical to remove any technical barriers for the solution. Choosing the wrong wireless technology or IoT platform could result in not being able to create the desired application or that the technology must be altered later on in the development process. During the feasibility phase, a critical review is performed on technical challenges identified during the ideation phase.
Examples of such challenges could be choice of sensor and wireless technology and type, to ensure appropriate sensor accuracy and correct transfer of data. The choice is often validated by a theoretical model tested by physical measurements to ensure that it is not just theoretically feasible but also practically feasible, even outside the lab where temperatures, electromagnetic noise, dust, and water will challenge the product.
As IoT is heavily relying on interoperability and seamless connectivity, communications standards are critical components. During the feasibility phase the predominant standards in a specific market can be mapped and considered for the final application – as it can often be a key parameter to market adoption. This includes both existing wireless connectivity standards such as NFC, WiFi and Bluetooth low energy, emerging wireless connectivity standards such as SigFox and LoRa, but also the ERP system implementation of your company or the typical protocols used for data exchange formats.
3: Design and Development
Do you need partners to help you develop your product? This is where to start.
Creating an IoT device is a cross domain design and development process. Depending on the project type there can be a need for hardware, firmware and software engineering, by specialists in wireless communication, big data analysis, visualization, and IoT back-end platforms. During this phase we coordinate requirements and development competencies needs and ensure that an optimal team of development companies are gathered, to give you the most time and cost efficient development. Having an understanding of all the technical aspects, we are able to find the right combination of in-house resources and partner capabilities for your project.
The process is based on the learnings from the model we have used since 1984 for delivering state-of-the-art ASICs (an ASIC is a customized microchip – Application Specific Integrated Circuit). An ASIC has several advantages over off-the-shelf integrated circuits. An advantage is a very low power consumption that makes sense for IoT applications where you want to stretch the battery life as much as possible. Other advantages are copy protection, savings of space, data encryption, and built-in wireless connectivity.
By partnering up with the best development and manufacturing competences in RF, digital, analog and mixed domain services we have delivered more than 100 million devices to satisfied customers. DELTA operates as a Turnkey partner. DELTA has in-house ASIC design and test and is transparently managing everything in the process from your idea to the mass manufactured integrated circuit. A process that will be used in the Nordic IoT Centre too.
4: Test and validation
Do you need to verify your products performance and ensure legal market access? This is where to start.
Having more than 75 years of experience in testing and validating electronic products, we combine the new and the old. The fact that a single piece of IoT hardware can be used for multiple applications is a challenge when testing the products since the requirements, for instance, to a camera is very divers if it is used to monitor flames (act as a fire alarm) or to look for movement (act as a motion light sensor). By investigating the many applications and finding the common regulatory and technical requirements applicable to the device, we will ensure the product can be used in a broad market context and still conducting as few tests as possible. This is done by performing a regulatory survey across worldwide markets and multiple sectors such as medical, automotive, marine and infrastructure, and then testing the product for either temperature, humidity, mechanical stress, salt spray, electromagnetic compatibility, electrical safety, etc.
The technical validation is just as important for the final product as the regulatory approvals. By reviewing code, performing interoperability test, or validating the antenna implementation, the performance of your product can be documented and compared to the competing products. Because we believe in this, we also make some of our facilities available to you, so that you can have direct access to state-of-the-art testing facilities, enabling you to perform tests yourself, gaining insights in the next product without having to invest in expensive test facilities. If we cannot perform the right test in-house, we will use our worldwide partners to find the most suited test facility for you.
Furthermore, we will also support you if you experience field errors with your products. By analysing and refining your factory acceptance tests and performing fault tree analysis we can find the root cause of your product malfunctions if they occur.
5: Integration and Manufacturing
Do you need to integrate your product into your business and ensure volume production? This is where to start.
The IoT magic does not occur before data from the device is integrated (correctly) into other systems. Whether it should be connected to your existing product, to a cloud service, or to the ERP system of your company, the Nordic IoT Centre will find the right partner to integrate the product into your existing systems or to create a new system from scratch. This includes Big Data analysis, security management, analytics, IT platforms, and business models.
When your IoT solution is released, it is essential to be able to keep up with demand. By choosing the right IT platforms, the production set-up and back-office will have sufficient capacity to keep up with the large number of devices and their data. The production of the IoT device itself must also be managed. DELTA can contribute with yield analysis, production, and supply chain optimisation, so your hardware production can keep up with the IoT system, making the most of your IoT investment.
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