Foundational Elements of an IoT Solution

The Edge, The Cloud, and Application Development

Foundational Elements of an IoT Solution

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If you want to make the most of the IoT for your business, but don’t quite know where to start, then you’ve come to the right place. This short guide introduces you to the high-level concepts, components, and patterns for any type of IoT solution. Authors Joe Biron and Jonathan Follett take you through the technology and architecture, so that technologists like you can dispel misconceptions within your organization and assess the real opportunities for advancing your business with the IoT.

You’ll learn about real-world tools and patterns that are (or will soon be) in use, based on the authors’ practical hands-on experience in hundreds of IoT solutions over the last decade. The potential of the IoT may well be limitless, but in order to get to that promise, you actually need to get started. This guide is about what works for the IoT today and what the considerations are for implementing something right now.

In this book, you’ll learn:

  • Details of three common high-level recurring IoT solution patterns: smart connected products, smart connected operations, and new and innovative experiences
  • How edge computing will play an important role in how we connect, secure, and interact with things from the cloud
  • Key cloud technologies, design goals, and implementation details associated with IoT
  • How to get your applications to market or into the hands of your business quickly and effectively

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Joe Biron

Joe Biron

As VP of IoT Technology at ThingWorx, a PTC business, Joe leads a team that guides the technical architecture between the ThingWorx IoT platform and ThingWorx Ready partners. Joe has broad knowledge of IoT solutions and has led engineering teams focused on edge technology as well as cloud services, and has been deeply involved in the solution architecture for many ThingWorx customers.

Jonathan Follett

Jonathan Follett

Jon Follett is a Principal at Involution Studios where he is a leader of the firm’s emerging technologies practice, working with clients like Partners HealthCare, the Personal Genome Project, and Walgreens. His work has been featured in the Atlantic, Forbes, the Huffington Post, and WIRED. Jon is an author of four books including “Designing for Emerging Technologies” (O’Reilly Media, 2014), which offers a glimpse into what future interactions and user experiences may look like for rapidly developing technologies — from genomics to nano printers to workforce robotics. His articles on UX and information design have been translated into Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Polish, and Portuguese. In addition to his technology writing, Jon has co-authored a series of alt culture books on UFOs and millennial madness. Jon’s forthcoming science fiction novel, “Marvin and the Moths” will be published by Scholastic in 2016.