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When you are developing your first IoT solution, there are many choices to be made. Finding the right hardware can be challenging, so let us help you navigate this topic with a bit more ease.

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Beginner's Guide

What to consider when creating your first IoT solution

Keep this in mind when getting started

Developing your first IoT solution, might seem overwhelming at first. But good design can save you a lot time and stress in the end.

Get connected
There are several connectivity options available for developing IoT solutions (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, NB-IoT, LTE-M, LoRaWAN, Wifi, etc.). All of them have different characteristics (e.g. power consumption) and benefits. Choose your modem accordingly and also think about modules supporting multimodes to have some fallback alternatives (usually more pricey).
Stay connected
Having a good antenna design (incl. placement and choice of antenna), is probably one of the most overseen sights when developing IoT solutions. There is a huge selection of different shaped and sized antennas catering to different needs. It takes practice and experimentation to find the best fit. One of the most difficult challenges for IoT is that small antennas cannot achieve the same gain as bigger ones.
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Process the data
Sensors & Processor
You must be aware of the input/output data you require as well as how to obtain it when creating the concept for your solution (e.g. temperature sensor, button, LED, etc.). Besides planning the necessary components for your solution, you should also consider the processing capacity of your hardware. However, keep in mind, the more the better is not always true. A higher processing power also means higher power consumption.
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Keep on going
Power Source
Consider whether you will be using a battery or a constant power supply when developing your IoT solution. This has a significant impact on design. IoT solutions are commonly expected to run on battery for years (due to inaccessibility or cost factors). Lithium-ion or polymer batteries are the most common battery types. Battery-saving modes provided by the network can extend your battery’s life-time.
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Off-the-shelf Hardware
There are many off-the-shelf hardware options available for all kind of different needs: from testing and prototyping up to full-fledged IoT solutions which can be scaled up for real-life productive use cases. There is not a single answer, wether it make sense to develop your own hardware or to use some pre-made ready-to-use solutions. However, it usually makes sense to use off-the-shelf hardware for prototyping to test and validate your ideas (e.g., with development/evaluation boards, microcontrollers like an Arduino or single board computers like a Raspberry Pi).
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