Biggest Challenges for Internet of Things Startups in 2016

Considering the technological world from a decade, IoT has changed the workability in more than one way. It has initiated many advancements and has started simplifying our work by creating an ambient comfort zone for us. However, if we cross-check the path; Internet of Things has travelled; it is not a highway but much of a roller coaster ride. There were and are many challenges IoT had to face in the past and are facing now. However, with constant regal modifications day by day, there are still few challenges that have been tampering with IoT and obstructing it from being the most efficient service. To make most out of a IoT business deployment, startups should be ready to face these challenges :

IOT-1Complex environment

If you already know how Internet of Things work, you must be knowing that it is an amalgamation of several layers of hardware, software and countless systems. The facilitation is entirely done on connecting all the devices to the cloud. To make this possible, various protocols and standards along with API (Application Program Interface) should be followed. This is where the challenge arises. How exactly does it make everything complex? Due to assorted programmes connected, it is not user-friendly. From the user’s point of view, one should have a grip on it before hand in order to exercise maximum benefits from it. So that, a beginner with no expert knowledge should also be able to handle it. The startups these days, are emerging based on a single idea without adequate knowledge about other sectors. Therefore, anything with such a complexity range will only make them chaotic.

Sensing and Signalling

There is a thing about Internet of Things that we all should know when connected with a cloud. To make sure that things are going in the right way, we should have a sensing way that depicts the connection status of the devices. The information of the network drop, network reconnection, network running should be collected in order to create a full picture of the network framework. And coming to the signaling part, Data streams play an enormous role. For a startup, constructing these data streams, is as tough as marketing their own products.


The key idea on which Internet of Things is based- is connecting devices to enable control and constant monitoring. Stakeholders have already admitted that the biggest challenge of  Internet of Things challenge is connectivity.  In order to face this, variegated wireless and wired devices are required to meet application needs. Moreover, the connectivity should not be disruptive. Any disruption in the connection will lead to unnecessary problems making the IoT, an issue than a solution. However, this issue can be solved by replacing TCP/IP with IPV6 (Transmission Control Protocol with Internet Protocol version 6). Then, how is this affecting the startups? The installation and replacement charges, my child is going to cost you a fortune.

Power Consumption and Data

Oh! This is so simple to assume. As all the devices are interconnected, the data gets transferred from one device to the other inevitably. Therefore, the signalling is constant and the bandwidth along with the power consumption hikes. Who spends a ton for power as a startup owner? Nobody. Data and IoT- IoT and Data are two inseparable things. Internet of Things is a network that connects one device with the order and connects each device to the cloud. The data that has been stored in every device is then stored by cloud in larger volumes. Maintenance of a big chunk of data? Don’t you think it will only hike the investment?

Security and Adaptability

With a high number of devices connected to place, the security concern also keeps growing. Instead of hacking multiple systems, one can get access to the cloud and collapse everything that you have ever built. These days, home security devices and business equipment are also connected to the cloud through Internet of Things. Therefore, it contains the large amount of sensitive and confidential information which can be damaged in a go. On the other hand, most of the startup ideas these days are more advanced than Internet of Things itself. With changing trends, there is still lot more to grow for IoT in areas of home security, agriculture and industrial sophistication.

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