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5 tips to keep when developing connected devices

10 Nov 2015  | Jacob Benigno

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Tip #4 – Only use proven standards

The age of the connected device has launched the proliferation of networking standards. Each standard attempts to solve the problem using a slightly different method. At the moment it is difficult to tell which standards will survive the test of time. Building a product around a standard that in a few years disappears or loses support could be potentially devastating. Developers need to either protect their devices by supporting multiple standards or by keeping it simple and using proven standards that are core to the Internet such as POST and Request.

Tip #5 – Optimise for team strengths

Each development team has fundamental strengths and weaknesses. The traditional mindset is to identify weaknesses within the team and then attempt to build up those weaknesses into strengths. The process can be quite time consuming and in the quick-paced development cycle many engineers experience, it is an unrealistic solution. Learning about cyber security for the first time while building a new device is a recipe for a poorly secured device. Instead, development teams should focus on their strengths and continuing to build those strengths further. Identified weaknesses should instead be turned into strengths through the use of third-party components and products or even the use of consultants. A successful connected device will be built not by improving weaknesses but through the use of in-house and external expertise.

Today's engineers live in an exciting time. The world around us is quickly becoming alive through automation and connected devices. In the not too distant future nearly every electronic device will be connected allowing a nearly seamless and automated environment in which humans will work and live. Embedded software engineers are at the centre of this amazing transition and these five tips are just the tip of the iceberg.

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