OpenDDS-Driven IoT Solution Enhances Performance While Reducing Cloud Costs

Innovations in Edge Connectivity Make IoT Faster and More Cost Effective Than Ever

Residential technology provider offers customers a more reliable and robust smart home system and gains an 80% projected reduction in its annual cloud spend.

Connectivity architecture in which every message exchanged between system components travels through the cloud before reaching its destination can make interactions unreliable, slow, and costly.

The Context

With the rise of IoT and smart home technology, just about every digital tool can be enhanced through the connectivity of its sensors and controls (or actuators) to mobile apps, remote diagnostic centers, and more. 

A leading home technology manufacturer approached us for help improving the performance and cost effectiveness of its products.

The Challenge

Our client presented us with two distinct challenges:

  1. Improve customer experience by enhancing system responsiveness and reliability without compromising security.
  2. Reduce cloud expenses to a sustainable level in support of the company's expansion strategy and long-term operational plan.

Solution success would be measured by an improvement in mobile app ratings and a reduction in cloud costs.

The Solution

An analysis performed by Object Computing and confirmed by our client showed that every message exchanged between previous-generation system components had to travel through the cloud before reaching its destination. This connectivity architecture made interactions unreliable and slow and was also responsible for the company's unwieldy cloud costs.

By transitioning the system to a peer-to-peer connectivity model that allows for direct communication between devices and the applications that use them, the company's annual cloud expenses could be significantly reduced while simultaneously improving responsiveness and reliability.


  • Expanded IoT profile with no additional licensing or server costs
  • Projected 80% reduction in cloud spend
  • Improved responsiveness and reliability of mobile app
  • Simplified software maintenance by introducing common components that can be used across multiple business units

Under the Hood

  • Transitioned the client from an exclusively edge-to-cloud connectivity model to a system that employs both edge-to-cloud and peer-to-peer connectivity models
  • Replaced HTTPS publish-subscribe mechanism with secure asynchronous messaging powered by OpenDDS technology
  • Implemented direct interaction between smart home devices and mobile applications when they are on the same network or when firewall traversal is possible
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The OpenDDS project is a widely adopted, open source, standards-based, real-time publish-subscribe solution for distributed systems.

This powerful technology implements standardized interfaces and behaviors that enable application connectivity and portability.

It is backed by unparalleled service and support from Object Computing.

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