A case for mesh networks

A note from Amatis CEO Sebastien Gouin-Davis:

Amatis Controls has been developing and optimizing IP based wireless mesh networks for IoT applications since 2011. We currently have over 20,000 connected devices in the field, network sizes between 50 and 500 devices, sites with thousands of devices, and over 4 billion unique data entries in our cloud annually. We also decided to do this in what (surprisingly) turns out to be one of the most challenging IoT applications, commercial lighting controls. We have watched other companies trying to do what we do come and go, and each time new myths are created that have a tendency to live on.

With Particle.io announcing the deprecation of their mesh offering this week, I’d like to address some of the challenges they faced and how we have overcome these same problems.

Read the Particle Mesh announcement here: https://blog.particle.io/2020/01/28/mesh-deprecation/

TL;DR:

Amatis has a proven platform that has already solved many of the issues that companies like Particle.io and standards like Thread are still trying to work through.

A recent post from Particle announced a sunsetting of Particle Mesh, their mesh networking developer kit solution. From one IoT comrade to another: we’re sad to see you leave the mesh game. We see so much potential with mesh networks for the right applications and feel that we need to respond to many of the issues Particle faced, and talk about how we have dealt with them.

Particle cited two reasons that mesh networking was not the right fit for their platform.

1. MESH NETWORKING IS COMPLEX AND HARD TO ABSTRACT.

2. 802.15.4 MESH NETWORKING ISN’T RIGHT FOR EVERY CUSTOMER.

Although at face value we agree with both of these statements, Amatis has been able to be successful with the buildout, deployment, and scaling of wireless mesh because of our dedication to the finite details and the iterative way we navigate solving problems.

 

Check out our perspective on mesh here!

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