IoT Design Considerations: Cost

Connecting products to the Internet of Things (IoT) is essential to manufacturers looking to stay competitive within their industry. Adding IoT capabilities allows the manufacturer to stay connected with their customer, while discovering new product uses and applications that open them up to new revenue streams. However, these added benefits come with a cost. Connected devices come with a higher manufacturing overhead, but may also be sold with a bigger price tag.

Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections can be added to products for less than $10 in bill of materials costs. Other technologies, such as ZigBee, Z-Wave and Bluetooth, can be added for a lower price, but may require a separate bridge to connect to the Internet and access Cloud services.

To download the complete Internet of Things Design Considerations White Paper, click here.

Another Use for ConnectSense Sensors: Power Outage Monitoring

A few months ago we received an email from one of our ConnectSense Temperature Sensor customers with the subject line: "Another great use for your sensors."

In the email, Greg explains how his wife, Nancy, told him that they should reconsider going to their cottage that weekend. When Greg asked why, Nancy explained that the power was out.

How did she know the power was out without being at the cottage?

Nancy had received a text message saying that their Temperature Sensor was offline. The only reason the sensor would be offline would be if there was no power for the Wi-Fi router to run on.

Because it was a nice day and Greg and Nancy were not concerned about the temperature at their cottage, they chose not to take action, but rather to just wait until the power came back on. In other cases, such as inclement weather, they would have known about the power outage immediately and could have made a quick decision to check up on the cottage or call neighbors to make sure power lines weren't down or that there was no damage to the house.

Greg and Nancy's Temperature Readings

Greg and Nancy's Temperature Readings

Greg then got online and began monitoring the power outage using the recorded temperatures (or lack thereof) from the Temperature Sensor at their cottage.

In the graph to the right, you can see no temperature recorded from about 9pm to 12am. From this, Greg was easily able to see that the power had been out for about three hours. In addition, he was able to determine when the power came back on so that him and Nancy would know when it made more sense to go visit the cottage.

Thanks for the email and sharing another use for the ConnectSense Temperature Sensor, Greg!