To enable the Internet of Things by adding networking connectivity to an existing electronic system which was not previously designed to allow a network connection.
IoTize™ maximizes the ease and security of integrating smartphone (NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, …) or other network connectivity in a product. IoTize leverages existing radio technologies and the on-chip monitoring resources of a product’s application processor so that companies can rapidly implement connectivity in their products without redesigning them and with no new expertise. With its “configure and connect” technology, IoTize™ shortens time-to-market of IoT enabled products from many months to only a few short weeks.
Near Field Communication (NFC) is growing in consumer recognition, but it remains strongly associated with payment or transportation because of its roots in the smart card industry. NFC is, on the other hand, a potential IoT enabler because it responds to several concerns in an interconnected IoT environment.
First, a couple of fundamental points to keep in mind as you assess how you might use NFC. NFC is a short range (proximity) technology, broadcasting only up to 3 cm. NFC involves a passive “listener” device, which is powered by an active “poller” system such as a smartphone or card reader. NFC is a bidirectional channel capable of data rates up to 424 kbps. This is not extraordinary when compared to Wi-Fi, but it is certainly enough for many IoT use cases such as basic data collection and system control.
In The IoT, discretion will be key advantage of NFC. In a connected world where every-other machine or sensor will soon be broadcasting something, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or other longer range technologies will be like putting a sign on a door to your machines data that any dishonest, malicious and just curious person might want to have a go at. The NFC listener only broadcasts when it is powered by the presence of a polling NFC device (a smartphone or reader). It is only powered when the poller is within 3 cm. This implies the physical presence of a user who has some knowledge of the machine and where the NFC interface is located.
Using NFC is a voluntary and targeted choice of the smartphone user. The need to bring the smartphone to the machine (in fact within 3 cm of the NFC interface on the machine) requires a conscious decision of the user with regard to what they are connecting to and how. In this sense NFC also helps the user ensure that they know what machine they are connecting to. This is no small matter in IoT environments that will soon be crowded with broadcasting machines and sensors. What to connect to will only become increasingly complex as the IoT develops.
Power consumption will be a second key advantage of NFC. Already the NFC listener has relatively low power consumption at less than 5 mA during communication. More importantly, the listener NFC device draws power from the poller and not from the system that it is installed on. The listener need not be powered at all in the absence of the poller. When used in combination with other RF technologies like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, the NFC listener can detect the presence of the user’s smartphone, trigger wakeup of another interface like Wi-Fi and pairing of the system with the user’s smartphone Wi-Fi.
For all of these reasons, the IoTize design team began with implementation of NFC in the IoTize modules resulting in our first module IOTZ-TAP. The technology has been so convincing that it is now included in all road mapped IoTize modules as a complementary interface and as a channel for module configuration.
You can learn more about NFC and the IoT from the NFC Forum, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contemporary, eye-catching, easy-to-use and still cost effective. The smartphone offers all these advantages without requiring heavy investments in development and validation. And changing the interface is as easy as sending a new application to your users.
IoTize™ includes both on-board and server-based options to provide scalable security to any product. Define user groups and rights and manage authentication at a level that is appropriate to the product, the risk levels and the cost.
With IoTize™, users’ smartphones recover product usage data. Transferred to the cloud, companies can leverage data to provide product evolutions, maintenance and support services based on real usage patterns and experiences. Companies can push new applications and even firmware updates to users to enable new features or correct problems.
Evolving products to meet user expectations no longer requires upgrading the material product. With smartphone connectivity, user interfaces can be deployed and evolved to meet changing user expectations or to personalize functionality to different types of users.