IoT introduces new complexities to product development: the introduction of data connectivity, data acquisition, data management and security, data analytics, cloud services, and dashboards.

As complexity rises, so does the cost of fixing errors, and because of the physical aspect of IoT systems – sensors, gateway devices, PLCs, routing – building a system that doesn’t meet the project’s needs can be very costly to remedy.

IoT prototyping - iot development lifecycle and costs

Correctly planning your IoT project by using the right tools and setting up a detailed work strategy upfront can end up saving you months in development, and a significant amount in costs.

General Tips for IoT Prototyping

Define your target

If you don’t know where you’re heading, how will you know when you’ve reached your destination? Clearly defining your prototype objectives and critical success factors is imperative to making sure the project will benefit from a positive ROI.

Choose your IoT platform carefully

The IIoT platform you use will play an integral part in the success of the prototype, the development process, and the resulting on-site system. There are many types of platforms available so be sure to do your due diligence when choosing an IoT platform since making the move from prototype to actual system will be much smoother without having to switch platforms.

Work with partners

Prototyping will always be a time-sensitive process which is why it’s important to have a deadline and a clearly defined roadmap. Implementing IoT into a manufacturing operation is complex. Be aware of what your strengths are, and those of your team, and know when to seek out professional IoT services. This can cut costs in the long run and save a considerable amount of time.

Don’t Cut Corners – Thorough Prototyping is Crucial for IoT Success

The IoT implementation process requires skillful orchestration. There’s no reason not to aim for the most significant ROI on your IoT project, but as with all initiatives, planning, using the right tools, and collaborating with the right partners is crucial.