There’s no refuting that the Internet of Things (IoT) is experiencing rapid growth as billions of devices have become interconnected throughout the globe. You may be one of the many device manufacturers shifting your focus from hardware to software in an effort to capitalize on the tremendous IoT opportunity.
Capitalizing on the opportunity requires leveraging the embedded software on your devices to delivery functionality in new ways which is most readily accomplished with software licensing. Now for an example:
Imagine that you are an IoT (Internet of Things) provider selling a device of some sort – perhaps a device which manages heating, roller shutters, lighting, and alarms in a home. This device is also coupled with a mobile application so that end-users can access the controls to their home remotely.
As the device manufacturer you want to ensure that only the features enabled on the device are available in the application. For example, the application will not have the option to control the shutters if it isn’t enabled on the device. You want to have an easy way of implementing this. You’re not too concerned about security, nor enforcement. For you, it is more important that the application works and doesn’t generate a massive amount of support calls.
Here are some practical steps to enabling a great user experience while controlling functionality for your customers – and not giving away too much:
Keep in mind that this is just one way to do it - but the advantage of this solution is that it is easy to implement and is lightweight – meaning that the footprint on the device or mobile app does not require much space.
What other scenarios are you encountering as you work to capitalize on the IoT?
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Constant Fischer is a Senior Solution Engineer with Flexera Software with deep experience in helping device manufacturers and software producers monetize and protect their IP with Software Monetization solutions.