Natural language: the road to success for IoT projects
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Natural language collaboration: the road to success for your IoT project

Your IoT project combines miscellaneous devices and applications, supports transversal workflows and must guarantee a rapid adoption by its users, all within short deadlines, a reduced budget and a long life cycle?
 
Here's how Agora Software can help you.
Combine devices and applications into business-oriented IoT projects
Your IoT project requires:

  • To connect your devices through different networks (Lora, Sigfox, 3G / 4G, Wifi, Zigbee, etc.)?

  • To interface several IoT platforms?

  • To interact with devices from different vendors?

  • To make use of digital services (weather forecast, air quality, business calendar, etc.)

  • To define homogeneous business workflows, despite the diversity of your environment?

 

In short, the success of your project requires interoperability and collaboration between its components.


Rest assured, you are not alone: this situation happens whatever your sector: agriculture, building, hospitality, retail, industry, city, utilities, etc.

What is the problem?

In most cases, IoT interoperability is limited to providing a proprietary access interface (API). It is then up to you to interconnect all interfaces in a consistent manner and to maintain them over time so that your project offers the expected business and social value.

 

  • Do you have the skills, the budget and really nothing better to do?

 

  • If the development (and maintenance) of your system's interoperability is not your main objective, and if you do not want to finance custom developments and to budget for the necessary maintenance and upgrades throughout the life cycle of your project, how to manage the situation?

How can Agora help?

With Agora Software, you make all your IoT components interoperable, without developing or modifying your (or your partners') infrastructure:

  • Based on the universality and sustainability of natural language, by comparison with the multiplicity and short lifespan of technical standards;

  • Combine devices and applications into business workflow thanks to a no-code approach;

  • Get full traceability of exchanges within your IoT system, directly readable in natural language (verbatim);

  • Non-intrusive cloud or on-premises deployment;

  • SaaS business model, free of bad surprises.

 
Grant natural access to your users
regardless of their preferred access methods
Your IoT project requires:

  • To let specialized IT employees to interact with your connected devices and applications;

  • To allow (non-technical) operational staff to get information from and send commands to your IoT system;

  • To grant a controlled access to guests (citizens, customers, partners) in a very natural manner for them.

 

In short, people matters and are key for the success of your IoT project.

What is the problem?

In most cases, user access consists of one or more specialized applications to install on each user's smartphones and computers.

This raises a couple of issues:

  • people already have too many apps that saturate their computers and mobile phone;

  • they must spend time to learning how to use each apps;

  • you need to make users aware of the apps and their upgrades, and to convince them to use these apps, a real challenge in many cases.

How can Agora help?

With Agora Software, you offer your users multichannel access to your IoT system, using the communication tools they are already familiar with:

  • corporate collaboration tools for employees;

  • mainstream social networks for customers and citizens;

  • SMS;

  • etc.

You do not need to spend time to inform and train each category of users, they do not need to spend time to learn how to use your system: they only have to chat, write or speak.

 
Reduce the costs and risks of large phased IoT projects
Your IoT project requires:

  • Progressive deployments to spread installation, operations and budget efforts over long periods of time;

  • Gradual functional changes allowing users and business processes to adapt to new use cases;

  • An architecture that accepts a diversity of suppliers and solutions, which can gradually integrate technological progress and lower equipment prices.

 

In short, one size does not meet all your project's requirements over a long life cycle, and your solution must be designed for change - the ones you have already planned and the ones you know you don't know yet.

What is the problem?

In most cases, you will be offered to select a single (family of) solution that should guarantee the proper functioning of your project.

 

You might ask yourself a few questions:

  • How to integrate new standards that will emerge in the course of your system lifespan?

  • How to prevent vendor lock-in?

  • How to benefit from new components that are continuously appearing and could better meet your future needs?

  • More generally, how to limit the technical and operational debt which will increase silently until a major development finally reveals it?

How can Agora help?

Agora Software is designed to provide interoperability in the IoT ecosystem, now and for the long term.

 

For this mission, we have selected the most flexible and powerful protocol: our own natural language. And we don't think it will soon be obsolete.

  • Mix IoT devices and applications from the origin of your project;

  • Gradually integrate the new devices and applications that the market will offer, without breaking your existing infrastructure and services porfolio;

  • Ensure supplier independence to  select the best solutions to your challenges, now and in the long run.

 

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