Shift 3: Connected devices create challenges along with opportunities
In addition to navigating regulatory and legal compliance, product companies should also consider how their products integrate with the Internet of Things (IoT). Many consumer electronics products are already equipped with wireless technologies (e.g., Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) that serve as a gateway to IoT and make it possible to add new capabilities, including automatically collecting information from products in the ﬁeld at minimal cost. This ﬁeld performance data oﬀers the potential to identify design and quality weaknesses and understand customer usage patterns.
IoT connected devices are generating vast amounts of data used to provide breakthrough functionality, understand the customer experience, track products up and down the supply chain, and help improve product functionality and customer support. NPDI teams are tasked with taking full advantage of this data, while also protecting the privacy of customer information. With this new IoT paradigm, multidisciplinary design and development teams must ensure the seamless operation between one or more ecosystems like Amazon Echo or Google Home devices with voice recognition.
Today’s companies are creating and launching new products with more complex and connected technologies. To compete, they are relying on global best-of-breed design and manufacturing partners that must work together in real time and be able to turn on a dime to avoid quality issues, manufacturing errors, and, ultimately, product launch delays.
NPDI challenges can be overcome by connecting all teams throughout the product realization process with a cloud-based, single source of truth that encompasses mechanical, electrical, and software assemblies. This enables internal teams and their external supply chain partners to collaborate anytime and anywhere. Employing a single system to manage, change, and release the latest designs in context with quality, project, and compliance information is the best way to keep distributed teams on the same page throughout the entire product lifecycle. Freed from countless administrative and coordinating tasks, the NPDI team can focus on increasing the pace of innovation to speed product launches.