Global Q&A Series: Imont is Redefining the Role of the Cloud in IoT
As most smart home service providers and manufacturers head down the path of developing products or services for the end-user, most include in their development strategy some sort of cloud communication and storage protocol. However, as customer numbers inevitably grow, the cost of maintaining that cloud service will only go up, and if you’re talking about smaller manufacturers, those services could ultimately end up costing too much.
That’s a problem that Imont is hoping to make a thing of the past. The London-based company says that its software has a tiny footprint and can sit in most smart home hubs. And—best of all—it operates without cloud support, which saves the developer the cost of running a cloud platform as well as the hardware cost of over-specified hubs.
At the risk of sounding overly-technical, Imont does this through a decentralized system architecture that embeds the required software in the hub or device directly. That means everything runs locally, giving the end user instant response times, stronger control over their privacy and security, and higher device reliability. And they’re working with some fairly top-notch partners to get their technology in a wide range of products—names like D-Link, Wisenet, Silicon Labs, Texas Instruments, Skelmir, Fujitsu, Pod Group, and Intelligent Automation.