Gateways are one of the most important components in the IoT ecosystem. It’s how the ever-increasing number of sensors in our lives send all that helpful data to our devices or the cloud. It’s how the different protocols, standards, and connections that make our lives easier communicate with each other without getting in our way. Gateways are also our first line of defense for securing all that data.
As the number of IoT devices we use increases, so too does the sheer amount of data that is generated from those devices. Gateways help us manage all of that information so it can be used to make better decisions or utilize our resources more efficiently.
As a developer or smart home engineer, you have firsthand knowledge when the app or software you’ve built doesn’t work with an IoT gateway or hub. Your app’s commands are not being received by an IoT gateway or hub. Each time you try to control the gateway or hub through your app, the app fails to send commands; this is just one of the challenges facing developers.
To solve these and other developer questions, Silicon Labs is bringing together the biggest names in smart home development from Amazon, Google, Samsung, Z-Wave, and more for Silicon Labs’ Works With Smart Home Developer Event. The free, all-online event is the perfect environment to explore how-to sessions and develop integrations that work with IoT gateways alongside the engineers who built the latest advances.
Silicon Labs VP John Dixon explores how the proliferation of IoT enabled wireless devices over the next couple of years is forecast to grow from several million devices per year to tens of millions by the end of 2020 and continuing into 2021. Watch the video to hear firsthand his thoughts on the proliferation of IoT-enabled devices.
When you imagine that each home could have multiple endpoints not only inside the home but also outside, it’s going to require developers to help figure out how to handle the stress of all these IoT enabled devices - and this is in addition to keeping pace with their own development and innovation to offer novel services or build a next-generation app.
Take an IoT-enabled home as an example. For a family of four, there could be a smartphone for each member. Contrast the number of smartphones with the number of IoT enabled light bulbs, a thermostat, smart appliances, multiple speakers, and possibly a security system. In this family, you can see how the exponential growth of IoT enabled devices will become pervasive in a single home.
All of this is on top of a developer’s need to innovate and keep pace with building products that meet end-users’ expectations for seamless integration and user experience. These devices and IoT gateways will become so entrenched in the way we live that any glitches won’t be allowed by consumers.
Smart home development is here. Join us for Works With, where David Ewing, President of Firia Inc., will be presenting a session on building gateway devices. David will bring insights gained from his career working with technology startups in the electronics, software, communications, and IoT sectors, as well as real-world instruction about how to deploy and design gateway devices based on his experience managing multiple projects on AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure.