Until recently, if you were trying to the popular Ayla IoT cloud, you either chose one of the supported connectivity modules, or you had a tough row to hoe to get your connection working properly. Now, thanks to a new release of Ayla’s platform-as-a-service, the restrictions on choosing wireless modules to connect to the Ayla IoT cloud are more easily overcome.
More specifically, a new portable software agent is in play that significantly cuts the time needed to get to market with IoT initiatives, by allowing developers to select almost any cellular or Wi-Fi module and have it connect to the Ayla IoT cloud. In addition, that new platform has new application enablement capabilities that make it faster and easier to build both mobile and web-based enterprise applications that need IoT data. The portable agent removes the potentially lengthy process of certifying a different software agent for each chip or module variation, and there’s no need to generate source code to port the agent to a chosen module. The result is a “bring-your-own module” approach to IoT design.
To connect to an IoT cloud, devices use an embedded cellular or Wi-Fi module, comprising both a hardware chip and a software agent, that provides wireless cloud connectivity. Previously, IoT software agents had to be built and certified to work with a specific chip and module type, an expensive process that could take a year or more and involve significant certification overhead. The Ayla portable agent includes source code, reference implementation, a porting guide, and a test suite for both cellular and Wi-Fi solutions.
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Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.Follow on Twitter More Content by Rich Nass