A Fresh Approach to Remote IoT Connectivity
If your'e working on connected or embedded devices, chances are that remote connectivity will help future-proof your work. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind.
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With the changing scope of internet applications going towards a smarter physical world, there is no doubt that there could be a shift in the number of connected devices soon. This year’s series of Internet of Things (IoT) forecasts give emphasis on driving results using sensor-based data and creating analytically rich data sets.
The Global IoT market reached USD 598.2 Billion in 2015, while the market is expected to reach USD 724.2 Billion by 2023. Further, the market is projected to register a compounded annual growth rate of 13.2% during the forecast period 2016-2023 globally.
While the industry is being predicted to grow continuously in the coming years, it’s best to work on new and fresh approaches to a sustaining connectivity. To achieve such, there are certain requirements to make your IoT connectivity future-proof. Here are some of the features to consider:
Device design: Device design is critical, and your connectivity must address remote updates since these are difficult to troubleshoot and would cost you a lot during downtime.
Embedded devices: Change is afoot in the world of embedded systems. Moreover, your connectivity must always accept the correct AT commands to ensure that SIMs can be updated.
Compatibility: Compatibility is a big factor to consider for your device. By making sure that your coverage works well for your device, the modem should take different connectivity options into consideration to not deal with its compatibility in the long run.
Configuration: In minimizing connectivity costs, session lengths should be optimized to allow data billing increments.
Independence: One of the most challenging problems is its dependability since a device failure might put people in danger or result in financial loss. Your connectivity should be remotely controlled, while access to multiple independent operators should be prioritized.
Hardware: The compatibility of the printed circuit board design for 3G and 4G modems even if the current requirement is only for a 2G modem.
STK (system application toolkit): For remote configuration, the STK, the ability to use multi-IMSI SIMs, and receiving of OTA messages must always be included.
Firmware: Firmware must always allow interaction with different types of cellular connectivity through the sim card. Sim cards must either be multi-network or multi IMSI.
Of all the technology trends that are taking place right now, perhaps the biggest one is the Internet of Things. With IoT connectivity, a completely connected world is coming. Then again, with great convenience comes great responsibility and risk.
IoT would revolutionize the world in terms of helping save energy, time, money and lives. But in the end, when technology experts and critics discuss the IoT, it all goes down to security and privacy that would always top off concerns.
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