How distributors can help design engineers developing for the IoT space

Author : Robbie Paul | Director, IoT Business Development | Digi-Key Electronics

01 January 2021

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Modern design techniques have evolved substantially to allow today’s engineers to focus on their unique value add, rather than need to reinvent the wheel for every new product. And yet, it’s widely accepted that nearly 75% of Internet of Things (IoT) projects fail. And not because of overly stretched design engineers or flawed designs, but because of the business case – or lack thereof.

The full version of this article was originally featured in EPDT's H1 2021 Electronics Distribution supplement, included in the January 2021 issue of EPDT magazine [read the digital issue]. Sign up to receive your own copy each month.

As Robbie Paul, Director, IoT Business Development at electronics component distributor, Digi-Key Electronics tells us here, with all the tools available, it’s so easy in 2020 to get IoT-connected – but what is the business value?...

An example of a questionable business case would be a connected toaster. Sure, you can toast your bread from your phone, but who really cares? Take that example up a notch to an internet-enabled slow cooker, and things start to make more sense. You can adjust your dinner and monitor the temperature while you’re at work, so everything is cooked evenly and well by the time you arrive home to serve up.

Design engineers can leverage three key trends when designing for the IoT space in order to greatly reduce the time to data visualisation. This is critical because it enables engineers to focus on the activities that make their design relevant, significant and valuable.

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