Communication Systems

Impacts

Benefits of a Proprietary Solution

As a product or systems developer, the modern marketplace offers a plethora of off-the-shelf technologies that can be exploited in order to turn a new system or concept into a real business venture. This is particularly true of market sectors such as connected devices and the ‘Internet of Things’. In this instance, multiple vendors offer technology for integration into other people’s designs (such as modules) or turnkey solutions for those that do not wish to develop the solutions themselves. The opposite approach to developing all the technology is the older business model but it has clear benefits for larger players in these new markets.

Some benefits of using COTS technology / IP blocks include:

  • Low up-front development cost
  • Established levels of functionality and performance
  • Can come pre-type approved (for radio comms)

However, there are some downsides to using such COTS technologies:

  • IP blocks often closed and owned by the 3rd party vendor
  • Royalty payments (can be integrated into the module cost)
  • Obsolescence issues should a 3rd party vendor update its technology or disappear altogether
  • Not always optimum performance for your application

Opting to embark on a proprietary system development with an experienced partner, like ourselves, will inevitably involve a high up-front cost and we make no bones about this. However, one should take a moment consider the bigger picture and long-term economics:

  • Technology optimised for the problem at hand (leading to better performance and/or battery life)
  • Full client ownership of the design (hardware and software)
  • Easier management of obsolescence
  • No royalty payments
  • No network fees or data costs (depends on the system)

This has brought continued success for our larger clients, such as Tracker UK and Telensa. Their ownership of the technology has led to far greater control during the lifespan of their system or network, minimising running costs and therefore improving long-term revenue.

Our heritage of delivering such solutions and aptitude in all the technical disciplines required, especially radio circuit and protocol design, guarantees this.

Developing a Custom Point-to-point Link Protocol

Point to Point Protocol

Contact Us – Email: hello@plextek.com or call: +44 (0) 1799 533 200

Benefits of a Proprietary Solution

As a product or systems developer, the modern marketplace offers a plethora of off-the-shelf technologies that can be exploited in order to turn a new system or concept into a real business venture. This is particularly true of market sectors such as connected devices and the ‘Internet of Things’. In this instance, multiple vendors offer technology for integration into other people’s designs (such as modules) or turnkey solutions for those that do not wish to develop the solutions themselves. The opposite approach to developing all the technology is the older business model but it has clear benefits for larger players in these new markets.

Some benefits of using COTS technology / IP blocks include:

  • Low up-front development cost
  • Established levels of functionality and performance
  • Can come pre-type approved (for radio comms)

However, there are some downsides to using such COTS technologies:

  • IP blocks often closed and owned by the 3rd party vendor
  • Royalty payments (can be integrated into the module cost)
  • Obsolescence issues should a 3rd party vendor update its technology or disappear altogether
  • Not always optimum performance for your application

Opting to embark on a proprietary system development with an experienced partner, like ourselves, will inevitably involve a high up-front cost and we make no bones about this. However, one should take a moment consider the bigger picture and long-term economics:

  • Technology optimised for the problem at hand (leading to better performance and/or battery life)
  • Full client ownership of the design (hardware and software)
  • Easier management of obsolescence
  • No royalty payments
  • No network fees or data costs (depends on the system)

This has brought continued success for our larger clients, such as Tracker UK and Telensa. Their ownership of the technology has led to far greater control during the lifespan of their system or network, minimising running costs and therefore improving long-term revenue.

Our heritage of delivering such solutions and aptitude in all the technical disciplines required, especially radio circuit and protocol design, guarantees this.

Developing a Custom Point-to-point Link Protocol

Point to Point Protocol

Contact Us – Email: hello@plextek.com or call: +44 (0) 1799 533 200

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