Tom Maher of Asavie: How do we get IoT platforms to talk to each other?

2 Dec 2016

Tom Maher, co-founder and CTO, Asavie. Image: Luke Maxwell

Asavie’s co-founder and CTO, Tom Maher, sees the world of IoT changing in a big way in the coming years, particularly when it comes to getting different platforms talking to one another.

Asavie and its co-founder Tom Maher have been making considerable strides in the internet of things (IoT) infrastructure world in recent months, both for emerging start-ups and full-scale industrial networks.

Last month, it announced an attempt to boost the former’s ability to rapidly scale tests for IoT networks on a large platform using the iSimplyConnect server, set to launch on 15 December.

This new platform, the company said, will offer developers and makers access to global cellular connectivity via a secure private IP network, enabling immediate deployment and elastic scaling of IoT projects.

On the opposite end of the scale, Asavie announced it had agreed a deal to make its security technology the backbone of industrial IoT systems around the globe through a partnership with Merlin CSI.

But with so many different companies getting into the field of IoT, how do we avoid a potential ironic problem whereby different IoT platforms are incapable of talking to one another?

That is the interest of Asavie’s co-founder and CTO, Tom Maher, who spoke at the recent IoT World Europe conference in Dublin.

Making complexity go away

As he explained in conversation with, different IoT platforms perform different tasks and in many cases, they wouldn’t be designed to overlap.

So, for example, a platform that works in data analytics might not have many connections with another platform that outlines how a device operates.

While Asavie as a company is attempting to get these platforms talking to one another, Maher believes that over time, the competitiveness between platforms will gradually settle to leave merged platforms, or ones that simply die off.

In terms of where Asavie is going in the next five years as a connectivity provider, Maher sees the rise of a whole new category within the IoT ecosystem to manage the big gap between companies and cloud vendors.

“There’s necessarily a many-to-many, and that’s naturally going to lead to connectivity providers like Asavie, whose job it is to connect them and make all this complexity go away,” he said.

“So, in the next five years, we really see our end-to-end expanding.”

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic