IoT development in Romania is at home. It is true that the country is less known for its technical interdisciplinary knowledge than for the famous Count of Dracula Legends. Nevertheless cities like Cluj-Napoca, Brașov, Iași or Sibiu are growing as emblematic locations for IoT Development of Romania. The reationale for contracting IoT development in Romania derives from the core competencies of Romanian engineers and developers.

SOFTECH is proud to be counted as one of the forefront runners of the IoT development in Romania. A few of the well-known IoT systems in Europe have been developed in partnership with our team. As our customers say: creative input from the ideation and prototype building phase, detailed end-to-end blueprints and relevant feedback during the development stage are the main traits for which they chose SOFTECH from Cluj-Napoca as the provider of their IoT development from Romania.

The IoT Development Process at SOFTECH

Software development is usually declined according to its environment of implementation. IoT development in Romania is done as in other technology territories. The differences rely not so much in the high-level steps but in the detailed work that needs to be done for each environment: mobile, cloud, IoT. In order to align our thinking models it is important to resume though the major steps of IoT development: 1) Concept & Prototype, 2) Architecture & Design, 3) DevOps (Development + Operations). Across all stages, security is in top of the mind.

Concept and Prototype

At SOFTECH we use to discuss the IoT project roadmap before any further proceedings. Then, we build a prototype in order to identify possible alternatives, potential technical challenges.

IoT development, in Romania and elsewhere, puts a great emphasis on ideation and prototyping. It boost productivity and efficiency.

Architecture and Design

The throughout plans of the IoT system or solution must be established before going into execution. The detailed requirements of hardware, cloud and mobile system will be set during this stage.

A vast experience in embedded development, hardware interactions, connectivity and usability help software architects and UX experts to provide seamless IoT development from Romania. At SOFTECH we focus mainly to ensure deployability, modifiability, testability, and monitorability.

DevOps (Development and Operations)

It is at this phase that the IoT system will be actually created and put into execution. After a set of complex verifications, the IoT system will be put into operation with constant monitoring and measurement.

In the usual IoT development Romanian practice, development, operations and QA (quality assurance) support the idea of continuous delivery and integration. It further gives the customer the ramp towards DataOps where data analytics and management are the centerpiece.

Security

Is a major topic since the idea of having everything connected to the net puts data and information to potential threats.

The Ecosystem View of IoT Development Romania

With a USER-CENTRIC perspective, SOFTECH stands apart from its IoT Development Romanian competitors through a detailed understanding of the IoT ecosystem. When thinking about what users need and what we have in terms of technology tools, the doors of creativity and innovation open.
As an IoT Development Romanian provider, SOFTECH’s work is about building software capable to connect sensors and actuators with a complex system where data is collected and analyzed so that decisions get automated and everything integrates with different apps and platforms.

Interactions and User Experience

One of the first questions an IoT Development Romanian engineer will ask are: how will the user use the system? What will he or she gain from this IoT solution? How will we handle resistance to change?

From gesture control to speech recognition or thermos-recognition, the type of devices that help capturing information from the environments dictate the way in which people behave in rapport with them. The user experience is key for professional IoT systems. The strive is to make processes seem effortless and neat for the USER.

At SOFTECH we believe that a thoroughly thought system is built in cooperation with highly skilled professionals for each element. Our part is to develop the software that runs the IoT systems.

Acquisition. Gateways

Sensors and actuators | Hardware | Software | Connectivity | Gateways

IoT development in Romania is at home since the current active software engineers and electro-mechanical engineer’s generation grew up consolidating their knowledge about how can things and processes be automated. It is mutually agreed by the social sciences specialists that this generation was put on fast-forward after the Revolution of 1989 when Romania flourish in terms of home internet, personal computer acquisition and technology solutions.

The closest IoT layer to the environment and its interactions is the data acquisition and IoT gateways. Each industry or field of application has its own list of sensors and actuators that will be taken into consideration. The hardware for specific task areas must be controlled through specific software. Embedded operating systems (like Contiki, Mantis, Nano-RK, Tiny OS), IoT middleware and IoT protocols must comply with connectivity constraints.  IoT gateways are crucial for IoT deployment. Criterias of storage capacity, power, operating temperatures, communication capabilities and cloud platform integration define the way IoT gateways will be chosen and included in the IoT systems.

Analyze. Data

Service delivery | Device and data management | Analytics | Dashboards

Most of IoT development Romanian providers cand undertake the data analytics system development too. The challenges of automating decisions based on RT data is one of the major preoccupations at research and applied sciences level.

Starting at the edge of the IoT system, edge intelligence should be design to filter what data to be sent first and secure. Secondly the devices capturing the information should be monitored and managed during the IoT operations. Next, all tha data stored falls under analysis in order to build predictive capabilities. For easier manipulation and usage, dashboards are an effective visualizing tool.

Integrate Business

Enterprise apps | Machine intelligence | Cloud platforms

Since IoT development Romanian providers also have been involved in financial, trade and banking software development, the recent blockchain technology has been well taken by local teams. Taking it further, integration of IoT systems with businesses is a natural yet sophisticated step.

On a higher layer, we understand that all the IoT data is shared with multiple applications and it is a fact now, that correctly designed algorithms propel ML systems resulting into machine intelligence. The cloud platform on which data will be stored and processed vary from one project to another.

IoT Platforms

IoT development in Romania has been contracted for works with different platforms. Cluj-Napoca, due to its large pool of engineers is rising as an IoT development hub and SOFTECH is embracing this technology trend as an active promoter of embedded development and gateway software development.

There are some IoT platforms backed by large companies:

Predix of General Electric – with a sophisticated asset modeling, big data processing, analytics, and applications, Predix provides a solid foundation industrial operations.

Google Cloud IoT – taking advantage of its global fiber network,  the GCP provides web-scale processing, analytics, and machine intelligence.

Microsoft Azure IoT Suite - it supports HTTP, AMQP and MQTT. Has a strong Gateway SDK and can be smoothly integrated with systems and applications, (like SAP, Oracle Database or Microsoft Dynamics.

IBM Watson IoT - leverages IoT cognitive capabilities through ML, contextualize and analyzes real-time IoT data.

ThingWorx – a platform that features Augmented Reality Integration, Edge Microserver and Always On SDK

Mindsphere by Siemens - most suited for developing applications. It offers option of open interfaces and local connectivity, with one of the highest security standards.

End-to-end platforms are valuable for genuine IoT development.

Particle Cloud – it is a sull-stack IoT platform: integrating hardware, firmware, software and cloud.