An Out of the Box IoT-in-a-Box Solution for Developers Spanning Start-ups to Global Tech Giants


Over the past 6 months, myDevices has announced IOT partnerships with some of the biggest companies in the world including Sprint, Ingram Micro, Alibaba and now Arm.

According to myDevices CEO Kevin Bromber, “myDevices offers something unique in the IOT world that no other company offers.  MyDevices is helping large IoT companies make IoT easy through our IoT in a Box technology.”

While making IoT simple makes sense, to drive adoption among a broader range of companies and organizations, myDevices is punching above its weight by helping multi-billion-dollar companies simplify IoT. 

“IoT-in-a-Box is a complete, commercial ready iOS, Android and Web application used by real customers in real enterprises including hospitals, casinos, restaurant chains and industrial applications,” Bromber said. “These end customers provide real world feedback and battle test the application to make sure it works for their needs.  What we’ve learned through commercial engagements is that many use cases share similar capabilities, including account management, user management with escalations and permissions, easy sensor and gateway on-boarding, threshold alerts, custom rules based on vertical needs, reports, sensor maps and more.”

Through this most recent announcement with Arm, and previously announced partnerships, “MyDevices is now enabling these large organization to combine our capabilities with their technology,” Bromber explained. “This helps these companies and their customers build finished solutions faster.”

Combining myDevices’ IoT in a Box technology with Arm’s Pelion IoT Platform, the two companies have gone beyond integration to smooth out the often complex and risky experience of bringing ideas for instrumenting the physical world.

Their new partnership has been designed for enterprises who may be looking for a clearer path, who are studying their options when it comes to purpose-built components vs. already curated combinations, and has been designed to easily

onboard the increasing the number of sensors, gateways, and solutions already integrated with the Pelion platform.

This is one of many myDevices partners, whose Cayenne platform itself works with hundreds of gateway and sensor manufacturers including LoRa devices that can be mixed and matched for specific vertical applications.

myDevices is well known for their QR code onboarding, permission-based user management, escalations, threshold alerts, time-based rules, reporting, corrective action logs, device history visualization, and 3rd party integrations while also investing in user experience through web-based dashboards, native mobile apps and APIs.

The company is one of the first to tackle the edge of the IoT and IIoT by focusing in on the devices at the edge itself, where security and performance continue to be a challenge for those building enterprise-grade and mission critical connected systems.

“As a result of the collaboration, system integrators and enterprise customers can now easily configure and deploy a secure, commercial-ready IoT solution in days,” said Kevin Bromber, Founder and CEO of myDevices. “In addition, Arm’s device management provides secure FOTA updates to these solutions while Arm’s data management provides enterprise level insights that meet the needs of the most challenging IoT use cases.” 

At the Arm TechCon event on October 16-18, myDevices and Arm will provision a wide variety of sensors and gateways to demonstrate how easy it is for integrators and enterprise customers to combine sensors to solve specific use cases such as cold storage, facility management, pest control, and other remote monitoring solutions. 

 “Organizations are looking for a fast and simple way to get their IoT solutions running from prototype development to production,” said Charlene Marini, vice president of strategy, IoT Services Group, Arm. “Together with myDevices we are providing an easy onboarding user experience with device and data management, enabling customers to benefit from IoT solutions immediately and easily scale them as their business grows.”

The companies have priced their “plug-and-play” starter kits for under $200. The package makes it possible for developers to build an intelligent network of sensors and gateways with monitoring applications, real-time reporting, and instant SMS text message alerts.

With a substantial amount of automation built in for fast provisioning of end-points, the developer scans the hardware using a QR code, installs the hardware which connects through an all-wireless instant registration tool, and can be visualized and managed on a mobile app (or related web app).

The companies, who have set up a unified presence on the web to promote and support “IoT-in-a-Box” offer several use cases, including monitoring of facilities, refrigeration systems, and other physical assets.

With what they claim is multi-layer protection for the newly connected systems, Arm and myDevices is making IoT not only more accessible but affordable, saying “With a few well-placed monitoring sensors, we give you around-the-clock remote protection for a fraction of cost.”

The apps serve as an “admin console,” enabling users to set sensor reading thresholds to suit their use cases and policies, including IT compliance policies.

While the initial strategy seems to be getting businesses and organizations to start using IoT for more simple needs, Arm and myDevices may have set their sites on creating a low enough bar (economically and technical) to “land and expand” as they also cite “hundreds of sensors” from Arm including motion detection, door locks, water leak detection, and others.

With a start small, grow big vision, the companies are betting on having an intuitive, unified platform that can scale to include additional connected systems, as end-users try and buy, then buy into IoT to manage their assets.

The partnership is also targeting systems integrators, developers of IoT solutions for businesses and consumers.

While IoT is a start-up with impressive traction over the last few years, Arm is a massive company, known for their energy-efficient processor designs and the placement of more than 125 billion chips.

Over 70% of the world is using Arm technology on smartphones, computers and now IoT devices. They have over 1,000 technology partners in their ecosystem and have been driving innovation from compute to the chip to the cloud.

“There is a new shift happening,” Bromber said. “We are moving past the days of simple data visualization tools. IoT-in-a-Box offers a turnkey IOT solution builder that truly simplify IoT.”

Edited by Ken Briodagh
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