Nicholas Brown, Director of Software Architecture, Vivint
Four years ago Vivint set out to mainstream the Smart Home industry with a new purpose-built platform. Within a year, this platform would need to be ready for the integration of millions of devices. Performance was a must. But, perhaps even more importantly, it would need to offer unprecedented extensibility to meet the needs of a nascent industry with little tolerance for rigidity, still being defined even four years later. MongoDB would provide the backbone of this ground-breaking IoT Platform. Today, we will explore the challenges Vivint faced in design and scale, and what we learned (the hard way) about building an IoT platform.