Of Digital Twins And Device Virtualization

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Last week Gartner unveiled its Top 10 Tech Trends of 2017. They were announced by at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The trends were characterized in to three themes — intelligent, digital, and mesh.

Arrayent Device VirtualizationHere are the top 10, listed by category:

Intelligent:
1) AI & Advanced Analytics
2) Intelligent Apps
3) Intelligent Things

Digital:
4) Virtual and Augmented Reality
5) Digital Twin
6) Blockchain

Mesh:
7) Conversational Systems
8) Mesh App and Service Architecture
9) Digital Technology Platforms
10) Adaptive Security Architecture

As an IoT platform company that enables smart IoT connected devices, we were delighted to see that the technology and solutions Arrayent has developed fall into three of Gartner’s top 10 trends across all three categories: Intelligent Things, Digital Twins, and Digital Technology Platforms.

In particular, we noted Gartner’s No. 5 Trend, the ‘Digital Twin’ which is a dynamic software model of a physical thing or system. Gartner noted: “Within three to five years, billions of things will be represented by Digital Twins…”

We developed Device Virtualization (what Gartner calls Digital Twins) as part of the Arrayent Connect™ IoT cloud platform and it has been part of our ‘secret sauce’ and differentiation from day one.

Arrayent creates a virtualized device in the cloud that mirrors each connected physical device. Changes to virtual and physical devices stay in sync through the Arrayent Connect Agent working together with the Arrayent Connect platform which also manages over-the-air device firmware updates, alerts and notifications, data insights, and interoperation with other IoT cloud ecosystems.

Our device virtualization technology minimizes the hardware and software complexity required by other systems to add connectivity to consumer products. Device virtualization moves most of the demands for computing power to the cloud, allowing the connected device to remain a lower cost ‘thing’ in the Internet of Things. Arrayent allows manufacturers to require less computing and memory resources in their devices, which is important for them to be cost-efficient, dependable and secure.

By shifting complexity and functionality to the cloud, Arrayent customers can limit the cost of connecting devices while making them more reliable and easier for consumers to install and use. And, by hosting virtual devices and managing application code in the cloud, Arrayent helps optimize overall product cost, extensibility, and scale. Because we are working with large global brands, this is particularly important. Our Device Virtualization has helped major brands accelerate connected consumer products programs with the average time from idea to on-the-shelf being just six months.

Further, with the release of Arrayent EcoAdaptors (see the latest news here), we now are enabling Device Virtualization through other cloud-based ecosystems for devices that don’t connect directly to Arrayent’s IoT cloud. Our first EcoAdaptor is for the Works with Nest ecosystem, with others quickly coming on its heels, and many more that will be made possible by our new EcoAdaptor API framework which allows third-party developers at Arrayent customers to create their own. This development is particularly important as we move into a world of multi-brand consumer IoT ecosystems.

As we noted in our announcements last week, it is Arrayent’s goal to seamlessly make products work together, and unlock new customer value that can be created virtually (pun intended) by allowing that interoperability.