The major challenge Sowee had to face was time-to-market, as they wanted to follow a very aggressive delivery plan.
The extremely short project schedule was even more challenging considering that the company was starting from scratch. Sowee connected station is a true IoT device: it has multiple sensors that collect, store and process data, it provides rich GUI features to the user, it runs on battery, it is capable of firmware upgrades, it connects over Wi-Fi. It also establishes connections to several platforms in the cloud: MicroEJ Store for hosting and deploying apps and firmware images, LogMeIn Xively for data collection and firmware upgrade, Salesforce.com for managing customer accounts and aggregating clouds from ecosystem partners.
Sowee could use MicroEJ SDK’s fast prototyping capabilities, by developing hardware with low-level software and high-level software independently and in parallel. The resulting agility in software development enabled short iterative cycles with close interactions between all stakeholders: marketing, engineering, customer service, production, management.
A few months project from prototype to production
MicroEJ technology helped Sowee to deliver its connected station from prototype to production within a few months.
MicroEJ allowed to offer new services to users and new uses in the connected home. MicroEJ will also allow to develop and deploy easily new apps to devices. Sowee expects its station to become the missing link that will make the smart home a reality, by aggregating all players, devices and technologies around its platform.