Internet of Things Engineering

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Smart Device Engineering

IoT – Networking – Control

Leveraging extensive experience with internet of things engineering, IOT app development, and connected device design, Cardinal Peak empowers clients with the ability to quickly design products that seamlessly integrate with mobile applications and cloud systems. By their nature, IoT systems are complex systems requiring detailed knowledge of communications protocols, security standards, data collection and analytics. As many IoT applications are high volume, designing to minimize both the device BOM and the long-term cloud costs is crucial. Our team understands those requirements and possesses the skills and experience necessary to develop devices that can thrive in today’s networked ecosystems.

Our deep expertise in this area ensures connected devices will be intuitive to set up and use while maintaining security. We have worked with many of the major IoT platforms and component suppliers. Use our experience to help you reduce both cost and time to market by appropriately leveraging existing technologies.

 

IoT Engineering Services Examples

As one of the top IoT design firms, Cardinal Peak supports innovative internet of things engineering including the projects below. If you’re looking for a partner to help with smart home product prototyping or IoT app development, contact us for innovative smart device engineering.


Internet of Things Design Resources

How to Set Up and Work With a LoRa Device

Our expert describes how to set up and work with a LoRa GPS-tracker node device. Among other functions, these LoRa devices typically keep track of their location via GPS and send data through gateways onto the LoRaWAN network.

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Sniffing iPad Traffic

Our engineering expert details how to capture and analyze all the network traffic flowing to and from a Wi-Fi-enabled device using a network sniffer.

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IoT Lighting with Multiprotocol Connectivity

Have you ever wanted to turn your lights on/off using either a physical switch running Zigbee or by a BLE application on a smartphone? Read more to discover how you can build an IoT lighting device to do precisely that.

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FAQs About Our IoT App Development & Design Services

How is IoT App Development different?

Developing IoT apps for smartphones differs from other app development in one important way – IoT apps interact with physical devices. The apps interact directly with products for command and control, onboarding (registration and Wi-Fi connection), and OTA (over-the-air) embedded software updates. While this may seem like a subtle point, app developers that are not used to interfacing with hardware devices often do not understand the complexities involved. First, hardware devices generally make use of a state machine so they might behave differently when in different states. The app needs to be able to navigate these states. Second, hardware devices generally require time to perform their actions. For example, telling a space heater to start heating can take several seconds and during the time it is heating up, it will not respond to commands. App developers that are used to working with API calls to the cloud are used to instant answers and behaviors. Finally, OTA updates often require special attention. While silicon vendors provide reference code for both the app and the device, this code generally does not solve all the problems so it is necessary to tweak the code to accommodate differences. Cardinal Peak works on all aspects of IoT product designs including hardware and embedded-cloud-app software so we can help you overcome the challenges of IoT app design. Reach out today to connect with our team.

What technologies are used in IoT Design & Internet of Things Design?

The simplest IoT design involves a broad range of technologies including electronics hardware, embedded software, radio communications, cloud applications, mobile applications and often browser-based applications along with manufacturer-only interfaces for firmware updates and diagnostics. While no one piece in that technology chain is significantly harder than the others, the sheer number of technologies, interfaces and protocols provide ample room for bugs. Cardinal Peak’s key advantage in IoT product design is our ability to design the end-to-end system. Going hand-in-hand with our end-to-end design capability is our extensive QA team, roughly a sixth of the company. Our QA team are experts in testing end-to-end and attributing any defects to the right point in the technology chain so that our developers can quickly address the issues.

What are typical Smart Home Product Prototyping challenges?

Prototyping smart home products can present some unique challenges because smart products involve so many technologies including an embedded device with RF communications, a cloud backend and a mobile application. Prototyping a smart home product means prototyping all these elements or finding suitable substitutes for some of them.