The Ultimate Checklist to Choosing The Right IoT Platform

by | Mar 4, 2019 | IoT Software Platforms

Choosing the right IoT platform can be difficult. Whether you are an experienced developer, a hobbyist, or a senior executive, the IoT landscape is vast and confusing.

This post aims to clear up the complexity associated with the IoT system providing you with a rough idea as to how you should evaluate IoT platforms based on your requirements.

1. Scalability

It’s probably the biggest unique selling factor of every cloud service provider out there. Every IoT vendor comes with the promise of providing support to millions of connected endpoints. Surprisingly, very few consumers have reached that number so far.

A study by Strategy Analytics found that fewer than 100 connected devices were connected to 35% of companies deploying IoT. Of the 70% of current IoT deployments in the United States, the company found that they covered less than 500 devices in total. The claim to support millions of nodes is either purely speculative or only subject to internal validation within engineering.

2. System Performance

An IoT platform provides support to rule-based triggers, which are automatically called during the occurrence of an event. As more and more devices connect to the cloud platform, the average time it takes to manage and analyze each event increases.

One of the most important criterion of performance for an IoT-based device is to trigger an alarm and scale the average time required by the cloud platform to respond to that event. If your cloud platform provider supports e-mail notification or integration with a third-party system, you must also measure the reliability and latency of that integration.

3. Bandwidth

The connectivity of your cloud platform to the devices is often limited by M2M providers or the termination capability of the underlying cloud platform providers.

Conventionally, IoT platforms run on public cloud platforms such as AWS or Google Cloud. The underlying bandwidth is, therefore, more of an infrastructure limitation. Because bandwidths are often asymmetrical, downloads are not delivered at the same speed.

4. Security

The security of IoT is broken today. Mirai Botnet has launched one of the most stinging DDoS attacks by hijacking an obsolete IP camera and other consumer devices on the public network. It goes without saying that your cloud platform provides comprehensive tools for global security, including user / role-based authentication, encryption, and access control layer methods, as well as logging.

At a minimum, your IoT cloud platform provider should provide you with identity-based authentication methods for your devices. Registering certificates for devices in the field presents challenges, so make sure that there are automation tools to manage it (support protocols such as SCEP and CEP). a result, the SSL termination is unloaded on a separate infrastructure such as load balancers or proxies. Learn about your platform’s ability to handle SSL termination, with different encryptions and authentication methods.

5. Hybrid Cloud

One of the primary requirements of the IoT platform should be to fit into your existing IT system that is hosted on your site.

The hybrid cloud approach offers many advantages in this situation, where the best of both worlds can be used optimally. Any critical or work-sensitive process can be done by your local cloud platform.


Sudipto Das

Sudipto writes technical contents periodically and backs it up with extensive research and relevant examples. He’s an avid reader and a tech enthusiast at the same time with a little bit of “Arsenal Football Club” thrown in as well. He’s got a B.Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation engineering.