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How to leverage over-the-air (OTA) software updates to gain competitive advantage in IoT

This whitepaper is intended for the IoT ecosystem contributors in need of an OTA software solution in their products. With the proliferation of embedded devices in the Internet of Things (IoT) across a variety of industry verticals, support for remote software updates is inevitable for effective operations.

Industry verticals such as transportation, energy, consumer, smart building and manufacturing rely heavily on a potent IoT ecosystem for best possible outcomes. All software used in this ecosystem, from low-level firmware to high-level applications software will surely need updating throughout the product lifetime.

Remote management of IoT devices scattered globally involves grouping and accessing devices, provisioning, configuring and monitoring remotely and securely from a central location. In this fleet lifecycle management, one critical challenge is the ability to efficiently deliver remote software updates at scale, with minimized operational risk calling for industry best practices in security and robustness.

In this paper, we discuss:

  • The importance of delivering software updates and explains why it has become an integral part of a company’s go-to-market strategy
  • Industry challenges with respect to OTA updates and what constitutes a successful OTA solution implementation
  • A simple model to better understand the economics associated with developing a self-managed homegrown end-to-end OTA solution as compared to using Mender as an OTA solution provider

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