At Kontakt.io, we recognize the need for an open and flexible platform as part of a scalable location technology solution.
That is why we are opening to third-party Bluetooth low energy (Bluetooth LE) and other devices and launching the Kontakt.io Firmware Kit.
Additionally, today we launched three new Bluetooth products!
Many in the IoT community would agree to the following statements:
To address this, Kontakt.io is further opening its platform to third-party devices after having successfully integrated with third-party gateways throughout the year 2018.
Moore’s law, AI and growing smartphone adoption are driving down complexity and costs of the location technology stack and are laying the ground for mass adoption. This hasn’t always been the case. Five years ago, the first generation of BLE beacons was used for proximity marketing. At the same time, RFID Tags were used in intralogistics, Zigbee powered thermostats for building automation and WIFI tags used in RTLS applications in healthcare.
Today, this landscape has been transformed, if not even disrupted, by the Bluetooth LE protocol and fueled by above-outlined technology trends.
Due to its low-cost, low-power and vast ecosystem, today’s indoor-centric asset tracking applications run on Bluetooth LE. Building automation runs on Bluetooth LE. Connected temperature, humidity, and pressure sensors use Bluetooth LE. With the proliferation of Bluetooth LE, digitally transformed buildings will soon support dozens of IoT use-cases. With this insight, all parties are facing the same challenges that are limiting their growth:
To give you a better idea of the magnitude of the challenges, take a look at the number of devices that will directly, or indirectly connect to the WLAN network using one of the most common device protocols.
Figure 1. Number of devices on WLAN network (Kontakt.io Estimation)
Looking at beacons or Bluetooth LE based technologies alone shows that billions of devices will require network connectivity and consistent management over the next five years. So how to manage location applications with millions of devices consistently from the API to the firmware?
The Kontakt.io Firmware Kit turns any Bluetooth LE device into a Kontakt.io ecosystem ready device. Once ready, a unified device-to-API management and location and sensor stream layer provide seamless communication between the device and the user.
Over the past 6 years, we have developed the industry's most robust and power efficient Bluetooth LE firmware and the most advanced beacon or IoT device management platform built for developers and IT professionals. Together, both enable secure and easy two-way communication between any device and the cloud while unifying sensor and location data from any device to any application.
This firmware and management platform further empower a seamless creation of unique cloud-stored device IDs, frictionless device onboarding, and end-to-end security including rotating IDs. Moreover, it supports device fleet management, multi-tenant ownership rights of venues, devices and applications. All features and tools that are essential for enterprise IT departments approaching post-POC scale. Today, we are taking this part of Kontakt.io’s unique value proposition to the next level and allowing third party devices of all kinds to become part of our ecosystem.
With more than 1 million BLE beacons and tags deployed, today’s announcement lays the groundwork for the next 100 million devices to come. Let’s get there together. We at Kontakt.io believe in a modular, open and interoperable IoT infrastructure – from the device layer to the use-case application. All that you need to get started is the Kontakt.io firmware ported to your device.
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