myDevices and Arduino partner in IoT app development swoop

Software specialist myDevices has announced a partnership with Arduino, the company behind the very popular DIY developer boards that are also found in the labs of many R&D departments and startups. The deal adds myDevices’ Cayenne application platform to Arduino, offering developers another way of creating IoT products.

myDevices is citing a test scenario that shows the impact of Cayenne on development times. Cayenne was launched back in January, and offers developers a drag-and-drop application environment with the backend cloud-platform and services to allow those applications to function once they reach commercial readiness.

The company has ties to LoRa, the Semtech-owned LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) technology, thanks to two deals with Actility and Senet, announced in the past two months.

myDevices has many rivals in this space, however. PTC’s ThingWorx, the combination of ARM’s mbed OS and IBM’s Bluemix PaaS, AWS IoT, Azure IoT, Ubidots, SAM Labs – there’s a growing list of companies that aim to provide a significant chunk (or sometimes the whole stack) of an IoT application.

These are exciting times for IoT developers. The growth of these cloud platforms has allowed even hobbyist tinkerers access to tools that were unheard of a decade or even five years ago. The cost of entry to the IoT hardware space is shrinking every day, and thanks to the fertile market, any one of these garage-developers has the potential to invent the next-big-thing – and those same tools are proving extremely valuable to established businesses and large enterprises too.

There has been an overwhelming response to Cayenne from end-users, industry media, and analysts, since Cayenne’s debut at the beginning of the year,” said myDevices’ CEO, Kevin Bromber. “Existing Cayenne users have just surpassed 4 billion IoT events on our platform, utilizing features such as threshold alerts, sensor history, and rules engine triggers. This release of Cayenne with Arduino support is yet another key milestone in our object to expand availability and eventually make Cayenne the industry standard for IoT project building, similar to how AutoCad is the de facto software for architects and 3D visualization.”

The benchmark test, carried out by HexCorp, used an Arduino Uno board, a temperature sensor, and an LED light bulb. The test scenario tasked teams to build “a simple IoT project,” and concluded that the team using Cayenne was around six-times quicker – although it isn’t mentioned what the other team was using instead.

HexCorp says that the Cayenne platform eliminated 27 manual steps from the process, and streamlined the onboarding process. It also prevented human-error from creeping into the manual coding that the other team carried out.

We are especially excited about this partnership with myDevices, since it easily enables Arduino users to create a clean GUI that anyone can operate. Giving developers the tools to build prototypes and products quickly without having to learn advanced programming, makes it possible for engineers and entrepreneurs to take part in the booming IoT market. We’re seeing many projects turn into commercial business because of the democratization of these technologies,” said Kathy Giori, Arduino’s VP Operations.