What Is an IoT Proof of Concept (PoC)?

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A very small-scale deployment where you’re focusing on the key functionality of the desired solution. We strip away everything that is not necessary beyond the key functionality that you’re trying to evaluate. For example, if you’re trying to determine whether or not measuring atmospheric pressure is going to give you useful, actionable data for your factory, then the first thing we would do is create a minimalist solution – almost a laboratory test, in a way – that we can put some barometric pressure sensors into your factory, collect that data in a way that can determine whether it’s going to be useful or not before we spend any time and money building a whole application around that process. It’s a minimalist implementation that strips away everything but the core or key functional aspects, and to some extent it could be deployed in a very small scope among data testers or in maybe a couple of test environments where the idea is to basically test whether or not something will work and give you the actual data that you’re looking for. 

The other thing about a proof of concept is that you will almost always learn things from the POC that will influence the requirements and objectives of the full solution development. So, it’s something that we often recommend as a way to test out a concept before you commit to the full project. And of course, this is on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes it may not be necessary and other times it may not be feasible to do it.

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