To fully unleash all the possibilities that the Internet of Things (IoT) concept enables, a very large number of devices – more than 20 billion by 2020 – will be connected to the cloud. By using cloud services to collect and process data, user experience and convenience when interacting with any particular product or system can be greatly enhanced.
By using a gateway-based architecture – with a bridge or a tablet/mobile app – to connect nodes to cloud servers and services, node complexity and cost can be minimized as non-IP based connectivity technologies can be used. Nodes must nevertheless be uniquely identified in order to send and receive messages as well as handle software and configuration updates through the gateway.
At ST, we have developed a range of solutions including pre-integrated cloud connectivity protocols, provisioning and upgrade libraries as well as Software Development Kits (SDK), to help developers create innovative connected devices and services.