Why IoT Programmable Gateways Is So Important For Enterprises?

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Finding appropriate programmable IoT gateways is becoming increasingly important for enterprises who wants to develop their own IoT gateway. As a bridge between the device and the cloud platform, IoT gateway plays a critical role who determines the security of the entire IoT system. To ensure that the core data and technology is within their own hand, more and more enterprises looks for a kind of highly customizable IoT gateway that can be developed from the bottom layer of the hardware, so as to meet their own business needs.

Reasons To Drive Enterprise Make IoT Gateway Development

More and More Traditional Enterprises Want to Become Smarter

With the popularity of artificial intelligence, big data analytics, as well as the concept of the Internet of Things in recent years, the era of intelligence has arrived, but commercial and industrial applications still face great challenges.

The sudden outbreak of the Pandemic in 2020 has brought about new opportunities and competition to the traditional industry, and more and more enterprises have gradually realized the necessity of digital transformation and upgrading business model. From various smart wearables, smart homes gadgets, air classrooms, remote patient monitoring, to smart agriculture and manufacturing factories, etc., all of these industries tried to connected their things to the cloud through IoT technology, so as to improve business efficiency, expand business model, and stand out among the peers.

5G and Booming Chip Industry Development Trigger Huge Demand in Various IoT Solutions

5G technology is empowering all industries. With its faster network speed than that of 4G and higher response speed, It will certainly support massive IoT deployment. On the other hand, in the chip industry, there are a variety of chip designs and manufacturing companies, boosting the rapid development of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, Ethernet, UWB, WISUN, LTE and other protocol chips, so as to meet wide IoT scenarios.

The combination of 5G and chips capabilities have created a good industrial environment for IoT applications. With the participation of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and quantum mechanics, the Internet of Things industry will gradually integrate with these new technologies to jointly explore many brands new IoT application and scenarios.

The Need for Edge Computing Gateway And IoT Security Gateway Is Increased Rapidly

The Internet of Things in real use cases usually generate a large amount of data. When massive data is migrated to the cloud for processing, the data processing burden on the cloud is increasingly heavy because it is expected to have powerful real-time data analyzing and processing capabilities. To improve efficiency, enterprises want to collect IoT data at the edge of the IoT gateway device, so as to analyze data in real time and much more quickly, without sending the data back to the data center or cloud to help identify patterns.

Meanwhile, there are a variety of transmission protocols emergeing endlessly for reasons like lowering the operation cost, or adapting to various use cases. Therefore, it is so difficult to centrally deploy and manage numerous IoT devices with diverse interfaces and protocols. Also, IoT devices adopting different protocols have caused unavoidable obstacles to the the reporting of data information and the issuing of instructions. During this process, in order to protect the data security and prevent data leakage, each enterprises start to build up security barriers of their own IoT gateway consciously.

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The Demand For IoT Gateway In All Walks of Life Blow Out And The Number of Developers Grows Fast

According to data from Marketsandmarkets Research Report:

  • The overall IoT node and gateway market is expected to reach USD 563.7 billion by 2026 from an estimated market size of USD 387.1 billion in 2020;
  • The integration of connectivity capabilities in an increasing number of devices is one of the major factor driving the IoT node and gateway market;
  • Significant funding by the government for R&D related to IoT also expected to drive the growth of IoT node and gateway market;
  • APAC is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 9.2% owing to the growing penetration of the internet across commercial and residential spaces, a large consumer base, and improving IT infrastructure.
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IoT device developers are the key driving force for the development of the IoT industry. According to the news from GitHub, a world-renowned code hosting platform, as of January 25, 2023, the number of developers on its platform is more than 100 million. With the blowout of IoT device demand and the growing number of developers, there is undoubtedly a vast blue ocean market waiting for every industry to have a try on Internet of Things.

The above reasons make enterprises realizes the significance of owning its own IoT gateway. However, IoT hardware developers or manufacturers often face a troublesome problems and challenges.

Challenges For Enterprise IoT Gateway Developers

The Hardware Design and Development Is Not So That Easy

It is extremely difficult for IoT decvelopers and manufacturers themselves to design IoT gatewy hardware products independently. Here we give a few common examples:

EMI And Anti-interference Design

EMI is a major challenge faced by many designers nowadays. Because of the high energy efficiency of switching regulators, the impact on EMI is exacerbated. If there is a failure to pass the EMI test, it will increase the project cost and the schedule will delay. A simple way to help suppress the EMI associated with switching power supplies is to use a multiphase spread spectrum clock. This technology improves EMI by not allowing radiated energy to stay in any receiver’s band for extended periods of time. Dusun IoT experts have already started looking for ways to reduce EMI early in the IoT gateway hardware design process.

RF Circuit Design

High-performance RF design is indispensable for wireless IoT gateways. Successful RF design requires extensively great attention to every step and every detail throughout the design process, which means the enterprise need to have a thorough and careful planning at the beginning of the design phase, and continuously make comprehensive  evaluation of each design step. We can say that RF circuit board design has always been the most difficult part for IoT engineers to control, just like electromagnetic interference (EMI) issues. However, not all IoT Device companies are good at this kind of meticulous design skills. Dusun IoT has a professional wireless RF R&D team to design reasonable RF links, so as to improve RF performance and reliability.

Our RF Capability includes:

  • Antenna simulation
  • Antenna optimal design
  • RF signal test

Read more: https://www.dusuniot.com/research-development/ 

The Productization Cycle Of IoT Gateway Is So Long

At present, most of the products on the market that can support IoT developers are single boards that are similar to Raspberry Pi. If you want to form IoT gateway hardware devices fro your own applications, you need to plug in the corresponding wireless modules or chip additionally.

If this kind of hardware device has not been systematically designed, it will be very difficult to meet the requirements of mass production, and can only provide functional  development and use, which means if you want to make mass production of IoT gateway products, you need additional investment in design, research, and development.

The long product hardware design cycle, and the vast research and development investment, may result in spending a long time to getting market feedback. In many real cases, when you spend long time to make your good product concept come true and successfully mass-produced, the market trend has changed, resulting in bleak sales of the product.

Weak Software Capabilities

After the development of IoT gateway hardware is completed, the support and development of various interface drivers and protocols are required. However, there may be some situations that the application development engineers are not familiar with driver development, or the capability of software developers is not enough, so it is necessary to have the support of a professional FAE team with in-depth understanding of the driver development principle, kernel mode and user mode, application program and driver interaction principle, character device driver development process, etc., before you start the IoT gateway development.

Supply Chain Maintenance May Consume Huge Cost

After the IoT gateway hardware design and development are completed, the most difficult point is the supply chain issues in the mass production stage, such as: procurement of core chip materials, delivery issues, cost issues of batch materials, delivery cycle and other issues. thorny issues.

Dusun Programmable IoT Gateway – Quickly Develop Your Own IoT Gateway Hardware

After summarizing customers’ needs, Dusun IoT has launched a Developer Gateway (Programmable Gateway) Plan that caters to the developer community and allows them to quickly build their own IoT gateway hardware. This programmable gateway features a complete development solution bases on Open System Interconnection (OSI) including physical layer, data link layer, network layer, transport layer, while for session layer and presentation layer, customers can dock to their established platform or public cloud platform. The application layer is completely released to customers, which means customers can develops their own applications based on the open operating system to apply to different using scenarios.

In other words, Dusun IoT’s programmable gateway can do on-board development, system-driven development, and application layer development on the gateway to meet the needs of different types of developers.

This programmable gateway adopts a modular design, with flexible assembly characteristics that is similar to the assembly of computers. Enterprise developers can choose their own configuration according to their requirements, and quickly assemble the finished IoT gateways. Wireless protocol technologies includes: Wi-Fi, LTE, BLE, ZigBee, Z-WAVE, thread, WI-SUN, LoRa. Wired connection interface technology includes: Ethernet, UART, PCI-E, SPI, USB, HDMI, SFP, etc.

Dusun IoT’s Programmable Gateway Architecture Introduction

Hardware Structure

The structure of Dusun IoT’s programmable gateway supports various forms such as waterproof type, industrial type, civilian type, explosion-proof type, ceiling type, desktop type, portable type, etc., which is convenient for customers to choose.

Hardware Physical Layers

Computing Power

Dusun IoT’s programmable gateway supports Nordic 52840, ESP32, MTK, RK, NXP, Intel and other CPUs. Computing power from 0.6tpos to 275tpos. Different computing power can support different IoT gateway hardware design requirements and scenarios. The main frequency is from 100M to 2.2Ghz. Built-in GPU/NPU module. Memory from 1+8 to 2+32, optional.

For different hardware platforms, the system-level SDK is provided to facilitate developers to quickly start from onboard-level development to application software development.


Wired interface supports 485/232, CAN, RJ45, dry contact, analog

The wireless interface supports Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-wave, Bluetooth, Thread, LoRa, Enocean, LTE Cat1, LTE CatM1, gps, 433, subG

Software System Layer

In general, the software part of Dusun IoT’s programmable gateway adopts the development method of separating and decoupling the system layer and the application layer, which means most of the same platform of the system layers can be reused, such as Buildroot or Debian. Meanwhile, the application layer achieves separation and decoupling through code division and modularization, which is convenient for maintenance and easy to synchronize to all related parts when there is an update.

Dusun IoT’s programmable gateway supports OpenWRT, Ubuntu, Debian, Buildroot, Android, Windows, freeRTOS and other operating systems. With different computing power offered by different CPUs, such as ESP32 with freeRTOS operating system, Intel with Windows operating system, this programmable gateway can adapt to customers’ requirements for different costs.

What’s more, different network services such as UBUS bus, ZMQ communication protocol, DNS/DHCP/SSH/FTP/NTP, and daemon process fault diagnosis, log management and other system services are offered correspondingly.

The code is open and a compilation environment is provided.

Platform Layer

Dusun IoT’s programmable gateway already supports ThingsBoard, OpenHab, Home Assistant, Jeedom, Misterhouse, Domticz, AWS, Azure,Samsung Smartthings, Google Home, AWS Echo, Homekit, Tuya, LoraWAN NS Cloud (thingStack/thripstack AWS Iot core/LORIOT), Embeds NS (TTN/thripstack) and third-party platforms.

Explore: AWS IoT gateway

To sum up, Dusun IoT’s programmable gateway has a wealth of OS options, interface support, protocols, algorithms and powerful computing power, supporting enterprise developers to program IoT transport layer devices by themselves, and it’s code-free to integrate IoT gateways and cloud platforms.

Learn More About IoT Gateway Development Here!

Dusun IoT’s Programmable Gateway Advantages

Full Sets of IoT Hardware Device And Service

Dusun IoT can provide completely customized and mass-produced programmable IoT gateway hardware and solution kits, including: packaging, structural shell, hardware circuit, core module, IoT protocol hardware, hardware driver, supporting devices, application development guidance, and services such as certification, shipping, etc., according to the needs of customers.

We provide hardware device kits including programmable IoT gateways, data acquisition devices, and a complete cloud platform docking process guide comprised of smart home security kits, smart apartment solution kits, elderly home care solution kits, and BLE AoA positioning kits. These industrial starter kits aim to assist enterprise developers to quickly implement POC verification.

Computing Power Anchoring For Various Industries

The edge computing power, which an edge computing gateway needs, is inseparable from the requirements these industries want to achieved. In some industries, edge computing power is of great importance, such as: face recognition, image optimization, remote patient monitoring, energy monitoring and so on.  

Based on the long-term accumulation in the electronics & network & the Internet of Things industry, Dusun IoT has combined the IoT technology and edge computing together for different industrial scenarios, and launched different edge computing gateway hardware solutions. We sell scenario-oriented edge computing gateways from 0.6 to 275Tpos, covering a wide range of industries, and more than 20 industrial IoT solutions. Here are some examples:

Smart Manufacturing Factory

In smart manufacturing factories, sensor technology and BLE AoA technology can work together to make personnel positioning and data collection. Dusun IoT has a complete programmable IoT gateway hardware and sensor device solution.

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  • Monitoring expensive factory assets, such as PLCs, pumps, motors
  • Proximity sensing of factory workers
  • Predictive maintenance of factory equipment
  • Geo-fencing
  • Indoor positioning
  • Asset tracking

Smart City

In smart city scenario, in order to meet the wireless response of large areas in the city, we use WISUN, LoRa, GNSS, optical fiber transmission, and Ethernet switching technologies to develop a variety of corresponding programmable IoT gateway products to meet Information and instruction transmission in long-distance, high-speed scenarios.

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  • Public safety: environment, video surveillance, emergency response
  • Infrastructure: smart buildings, smart irrigation, smart roads
  • Transportation: vehicle management, asset tracking, mobile payment
  • Public services; citizen services, tourism services, identity and management
  • Intelligent functions: intelligent governance, intelligent education, and intelligent care

Smart Home

In smart home, we have a variety of programmable IoT gateway featuring northbound interface channel with WiFi as the main and LTE and Ethernet as the auxiliary, and southbound interface channel including BLE, ZigBee, z-wave, LORA, thread, etc., according to different scenarios, combined with local regulations and certification requirements.

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  • Smart appliances
  • Smart plugs
  • Smart meters
  • Home entertainment

Smart Agriculture

Dusun IoT also has its own achievements in smart agricultural production. By using sensor technology and wireless transmission technology, we have formed our own programmable IoT gateway product ecological line. Surprisingly, we have a mature IoT solution in crop planting and soil monitoring.

  • Animal husbandry: livestock positioning
  • Weather: meteorological detection
  • Planting: water body, soil, air data detection, etc

Smart Elderly Care

Our smart elderly care product line has programmable sub-GHz gateway as the main line. Other  product line including remote patient monitoring, smart alarm and so on.

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