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EETimes just published a great interview with the Electric Imp CEO and co-founder Hugo Fiennes, speaking on a wide range of topics including the future of IoT connectivity, how LTE Cat M and NB-1 are game-changers, why commercial and industrial IoT markets are surging, and why Electric Imp is focusing on the hard part of getting IoT connectivity and security right.
From the very beginning, Electric Imp was focused on delivering real-world IoT connectivity, enabling our customers go to market with their connected products securely, quickly, and at scale.
We are now serving over 100 customers in 25 industries in 105 countries and have processed over 175 billion (yes, with a ‘b’) data messages for our customers through the Electric Imp cloud – with a current run rate of 10 billion messages every single month. And adding Autodesk and Skyhook to our partner ecosystem along the way. For more information, see announcement.
Not many connectivity solutions can claim that. How can we help deliver your connected products?
Electric Imp and New Relic team up for IoT Workshop
Electric Imp and New Relic are teaming up to get cool data from your IoT device and show you how to implement IoT application monitoring at the edge.
Come to the IoT Workshop on June 28th to see how you can get live data into your New Relic instance using an Electric Imp, such as:
- Environmental data (humidity, temperature, etc)
- Device operational data (WiFi signal strength, power levels, and more)
- Communication and application performance data (communication round-trip time, application statistics, etc)
You’ll learn how easy the Electric Imp-New Relic integration is and how to use New Relic to optimize your real-world IoT application – plus, solve our workshop challenges! Bring your laptop, and think of cool ideas if you’d like to explore Electric Imp and New Relic tie-ins of your own!
The event is FREE at happens at the New Relic offices in San Francisco on June 28. Register here.
- Visit our stand to meet Electric Imp experts, see demos, and discuss your IoT questions
- Come to my talk “50 Billion Messages and Counting: Lessons Learned from Shipping Real-World IoT”, Thu (May 26), 3 pm
Looking forward to seeing you!
Questions on IoT? Meet Electric Imp at IoT World in Santa Clara next week (May 10-12).
More info here.
Using a proven IoT platform instead of building your own can be critical (“Why ‘buy’ is better than ‘build’”), especially for startups where time-to-market and rapid scale-up are essential to success.
TechCrunch just posted “An insider’s handbook for IoT startups” and recommends using platforms like Electric Imp to save you time and money to connect your product. Well said!
This is critical because deciding to ‘build it yourself’ is tempting, but fraught with complexity. Doing IoT right is hard, and experience indicates that in most cases it is much better to leverage an existing and proven IoT platform such as Electric Imp rather than embarking on the risky, time-consuming, and costly effort to build your own.
My colleague Pete Tarbox assembled the ‘Top 6 reasons Manufacturers should leverage existing platforms for IoT’:
- Security, Security, Security
- Connectivity is harder than you think
- It’s not what you do
- The cost of getting it wrong is immense
- Developing a Platform won’t differentiate you
- You haven’t got the time
An excellent blog post, worth reading.
We recently did a Q&A session with one of our IoT analytics partners mnubo, asking the following questions:
- What are the main obstacles that have stopped companies from entering the IoT?
- What are the top compelling use cases of IoT-driven data?
- What is something that you have learned from IoT data that was unexpected?
- What is the best IoT product that you have seen and why do you think it tops the list?
It’s a quick read and very much reflects our experiences in the market and with customers and explains the Electric Imp focus on providing worry-free connectivity and security that enables customers to focus on extracting business value.
Full Q&A post here.
A lot of vendors have IoT-related technologies, but when it comes to actually delivering connected products on a large scale you need a solution that can handle the real-world complexities inherent in security, connectivity, manufacturing, deployment, management, and support.
Electric Imp has a track record of enabling customers to deliver successful connected products quickly and at scale. One of the many unique capabilities that differentiate Electric Imp is the ability to support our customers in producing connected devices all the way down to the factory line.
Today, we are launching another tool that helps customers significantly enhance the production process for connected devices: Factory Agents (Beta). You can find more information at this blog post: Electric Imp Launches Factory Agents Beta.
We just released the first version of our Microsoft Azure IoT Hub library, which provides drop-in integration between customer’s imp-enabled devices in the field and the Microsoft Azure Cloud platform via the Azure IoT Hub. Read all about it in this blog post or go directly to the Electric Imp Dev Center to check out the code.