The Need for Standardizing Device Management for Consumer IoT Products

by | Dec 11, 2019

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the new hot topic in today’s tech world as it continues to expand its reach into various industries. From a consumer standpoint, smart connected products can lead to increased energy efficiency, improved safety, convenience, etc. Unfortunately for consumer IoT devices to thrive, device management capabilities need to evolve from what it is today as it’s a critical aspect of maintaining a device’s lifespan.

In Dean Hamilton’s article, he defines the main two types of IoT device management ecosystems: a closed environment, and app-specific environment. A closed device management system is IoT devices that are sold as part of a vendor’s system where all their components need to be knitted together to function smoothly. The app-specific IoT device management system is more loosely-coupled, where it’s a multi-vendor ecosystem of devices certified for compatibility with a specific vendor such as Google Home. It’s easy to see the potential pitfalls of these two device management systems for consumer devices as it’s vendor dependent. Both approaches can lead to device obsolescence and consumer frustration if a consumer decides to switch vendor services or a vendor goes out of business and a consumer has to buy new equipment.

Reading Dean’s article, you’ll understand that the future of consumer IoT devices depends on a standard process where a connected device can be supported and managed by all IoT device vendors. This approach would result in a truly open consumer device management ecosystem allowing consumers to not have to worry about losing their investment in connected devices.
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