Connectivity Solutions

From the device side to the network side, Softeq maps out successful scenarios for truly efficient real-time communication with wearable devices and between heterogeneous IoT endpoints of your connected systems

IoT/M2M System Design Services When Connectivity Is a Key Enabler

Wired & Wireless, Short Range & Long Range

At Softeq, a squad of full-stack IoT development specialists have a solid grasp of network standards — communication protocols, network topologies, and data exchange rules. We’ll help your company pick up the best implementation option — wireless or wired — to create a robust connected objects system that smoothly channels messages across the unified M2M/IoT path. Having defined an optimal operation mode, our engineering team will create smart devices and electronics centered on one or several of these wired and wireless connectivity technologies, and network types:

Bluetooth Low Energy

BLE app development for short-range low-power direct connectivity to personal wearables that capture data from a variety of sensors and send signals to actuators — heart rate, temperature, body movements, and more — or to interface with a network of iBeaconsTM and BLE-enabled devices across venues and business premises.

Bluetooth Classic (BT)

Bluetooth development for short-range point-to-point communication — hands-free interaction with accessories, audio streaming, quick device-to-device data exchange within a Personal Area Network (PAN) — and in-home connectivity with battery-powered electronics allowing for relatively high data throughput capabilities.

 

Zigbee

Zigbee for connecting small smart objects and sensors in more complex network topologies that enable multiway low-power low-throughput signal transfers. Zigbee-enabled networks as well as similar Z-Wave, and Thread (6LoWPAN) implementations can involve loads of nodes able to operate in resource-constrained conditions — ideal for smart energy, lighting systems, distributed in-home connectivity, and comparable solutions.

Wi-Fi & Ethernet LANs

Wireless Wi-Fi (including Wi-Fi Direct) connectivity and performant wired Ethernet LANs for high speed high throughput data exchange underlying the interaction of smart devices equipped with robust battery power and workplace electronics — best-suited for productivity-focused business use cases and data-intensive solutions for the demanding consumer app space.

 

LPWAN & Cellular

Low-power wide area networks both over unlicensed (LoRaWANTM SIGFOX) and licensed cellular spectrum (LTE-MTC, NB-IoT) for large-scale M2M deployments with low throughput demands and a focus on high durability of sensor devices — scenarios fit for smart city, logistics, environmental monitoring and more. When the stress is on performance, speed and broadband, traditional cellular connectivity (2G, 3G, 4G) will prevail to deliver high-quality voice and data to more powerful personal devices.

Combined Network Solution

A mix of wireless and wired connections will come into play to solve more complex IoT problems. To combine global service coverage as well as performance and traffic volume at some nodes of a connected solution, LPWANs will be routed through edge devices into enterprise networks, traditional telecommunications networks or other WANs, and then can be further tied with personal and local area infrastructure relying on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (4.0+) Smart or BT Classic for interaction within them.

 

Connectivity Baked in Multicomponent Solutions

Connectivity comes as a pivotal characteristic at all stages of Internet-of-Things project execution, including device design, integration services, and end-user apps for the connected devices. Softeq covers each step of the process and builds solutions across these layers:

 
 

Designing Connected Solutions That Come in All Flavors

Personal Devices

Relying on battery-friendly options such as Bluetooth Smart (single and dual mode), BT Classic and high throughput Wi-Fi, the Softeq developers create proximity communication scenarios for direct-to-device connectivity within the range of a personal area network — with connected accessories and gadgets (watches, cameras, etc.), smart fashion items, activity trackers and personal wellness devices.

Connected Home

We design optimal interaction methods for home control and automation, enabling both machine-type communication and two-way machine-to-people interaction. We develop solutions that create a connected ecosystem of home appliances, metering devices, security cameras, and home entertainment systems within LANs and WLANs, and can be then painlessly routed via Internet gateways into smart grids and WANs.

Enterprise, Industry, Well-being

For massive sensor-based IoT deployments empowering industrial control and monitoring activities, for enterprise connected systems focusing on interoperability, big data and operational efficiency, and for remote medical monitoring and patient care striving for real-time critical data acquisition, Softeq will find the best-suited connectivity option and design a system architecture that enables mission-critical performance in a distributed environment.

 

Featured Projects

Action Sports Performance Tracking Solution: Trick and Move Detection with Real-time Activity Data Overlays

 

R&D for an Advanced Wearable Tech Solution That Helps Improve Sports Biomechanics

 

Accurate Warehouse Asset Tracking through a Custom Automated Indoor Positioning Solution

 

Fusing Fashion with Technology: A BLE enabled Luxury Wearable Accessory with Unique Smart Capabilities

 

Gorilla Safety Mobile and Web App: Enabling Efficient Fleet Management and Safety through Tighter Compliance with Freight Transportation Standards

 

Engineering of Standalone Temperature and Humidity Data Loggers Equipped with Sensors

 

Gantom’s DMX Updater: Enabling Pros to Keep Their DMX Compatible Lighting Equipment Up-to-date

 

BlinkFX’s Wink: Redefining the Live Show Experience with an Innovative Wirelessly Controlled LED Lighting Device

 

 

Addressing the Hottest Connectivity-Related Issues on the IoT/M2M Device Development Agenda

Softeq puts use case requirements front and center. Based on the goals of your business and the context about how, where and by whom your product will be used, we’ll chart a plan that will bring about the most practical and reliable results in the long run, and then refine it into a highly performant connected solution. Here is what we thrash out when going about building an Internet of Everything system:

Complexity

Guided by max. number of simultaneously connected devices, their types, underlying infrastructure to ensure interoperability and efficient operation (building on PubNub, ThingSpace, and similar IaaS, using fog and/or cloud computing, and more).

Cost

Choosing network infrastructure, balanced connectivity components, modules, and low-end devices (battery-powered or energy-harvesting) based on operational conditions to avoid prohibitive costs on network services and device maintenance/ replacement in the future.

 

Distance

Heeding the length of a point-to-point communication path and coverage needs to decide on the best network structure, transport and messaging protocols (from PANs to WLANs to WANs; from BLE to WirelessHART, and more) that will provide the required level of performance.

Amount of Data

Evaluating the amount of data that will be transferred through your IoT system and its flow to pick up the right protocol stack and get bandwidth, speed, latency characteristics for the required level of data throughput and Quality of Service performance.

 

Physical Environment & Obstacles

Examining the physical environment where your solution will operate to ensure reliable data channeling, guarantee that the process of data routing, capturing and delivery is durable in a variety of contexts and signals meet no hurdles on their way.

Battery Life & Its Lifespan

Working out well-balanced operational and power modes fit for your IoT system use cases (on-demand connection for burst transmissions, always-on operation, power saving modes, etc.) to maximize battery life and its lifespan.

 

Security

Designing for security to guarantee safe connections at each entry point to your connected solution and ensure secure data exchange (multifactor authentication, bonding, data encryption, device management, and other security aspects).

Immediacy

Harnessing the power of optimized standards, tools and procedures (AMPQ, CoAP, XMPP, LWM2M, WAMP, ZeroMQ, MQTT, publish-subscribe patterns, and more) for real-time communication and smooth data channeling in resource-constrained environments.

 

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