Of course it is true in any design or building effort that inadequate plans lead to inadequate results. So the majority of the effort needs to be spent in designing the specifications. After that, the project is just writing code. Of course, writing good and efficient code is no small task, it is a major challenge, no doubt. BUT the first part of the effort is in the development of an adequate specification. Defining responses to all possible exceptions at each stage of a program is both hard and tedious indeed. But if the task were trivial than everybody could do it well, and we can see that is not what happens.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.