The inter-operating capabilities of IoT are exponentially expanding. Increasing advancements in sensors and broadband functionality have prompted an even more aggressive decrease in their price point, sparking substantial growth in the IoT space. According to Statista, 2018 had an estimated 22 Billion connected IoT devices with a forecasted 50 billion projected to be joined by 2030. So why, when the infrastructure and technology are prime to streamline the world’s operational inefficiencies and enhance productivity, do 76 percent of IoT projects either stall at the proof-of-concept stage or fail to achieve their objectives?
Unfortunately, it’s the same ever-expanding playing field of IoT that often sets the business, and IT teams chasing after contradictory goals. Combine this with ignorance of remote data transmission complexities, and many IoT engagements fall apart before final deployment. The connective capabilities of IoT have many people enamoured with the analytical opportunities that can be derived from its implementation. However, the full scope of operations needs to be effectively managed for the value to be realized. Below you will find the questions that should be asked before starting an IoT initiative and how Galaxy Broadband can help ensure your project doesn’t fall on the wrong side of a very real statistic.
Are there regulations governing your data?
The value and sanctity of data have not been lost on the public sector, which is why there are a variety of data regulations that will take precedence over data usage from country to country. Given that data is the essence of IoT, it’s highly critical to acquaint oneself with the respective regulations governing its use.
Is your IoT device certified?
Each IoT device may require a specific certification depending on its use and place of deployment. For example, the IEEE/FCC will demand a certificate on devices intended to be utilized in proximity to the human body. Telecom regulators will have their own set of certifications governing devices. If one wants to avoid any setbacks, it’s crucial to map out your path to certification before and not after deployment.
What is required for successful Data Delivery?
IoT projects employ the use of multiple physical sensors transmitting information from several remote sites. With each sensor sending its own respective data, its value is only guaranteed through uninterrupted integration at the intended data center. This often puts projects in the precarious situation of ensuring the successful delivery of analytically vulnerable data through a complex path of channels (Private LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth). Businesses should avoid compromising the integrity of their data by understanding what vendor functions are required to ensure the successful delivery of their project. Galaxy Broadband does this work for our clients by offering a variety of services like QoS data tagging that ensure packet delivery, along with providing connectivity options ranging from Satellite, LTE and Microwave so that robust data transmission is always guaranteed.
Which messaging protocol is best for you?
There are several connectivity methods that can be used to courier data. For example, Store and Forward messaging techniques allow data to be directed to a temporary storage point before moving to the next location. This method can be utilized when routing over a network that isn’t available 24/7 or to have an intermediate spot that allows for data to be checked for errors before the next hop. Understanding the capabilities of your transmission technique and how it fits within your data network path is essential to ensuring connectivity efficacy. Galaxy Broadband understands the importance of messaging protocol selection and looks to ensure whatever option our clients choose is facilitated with low jitter and dependable IoT service.
What are the features of your End User Platform?
End-user platforms allow the user to filter their raw data into recognizable metrics like graphs, charts, and other graphical icons to analyze the data properly. Depending on your project’s scope and objective, there may be particular features that are needed to bring value to your data. As a result, there must be synchronization between your platform’s capabilities and the data you are meant to capture.
How much are you paying for remote connectivity?
IoT projects often need to fortify their network with the connective capabilities of remote satellites and LG/4TE to handle their data transmission. This connectivity method comes at a higher cost than its Fibre counterpart, so traffic must be managed effectively to avoid any wasteful connectivity cost. It’s important to create a network plan that maximizes data transmission efficiency and provides you with the tools needed to adjust your plan if data requirements evolve. Galaxy Broadband provides all our clients with the tools needed to create a plan appropriate to their unique network needs. Offering a selection of Scalable Dedicated, Shared, SCPC and TDMA networks, our clients are provided with a wide array of options to guarantee maximum efficiency.
When it comes to IoT, many factors need to be considered to ensure the success of an initiative. Errors like moving forward on a project without considering connectivity paths, bandwidth plans, and regulations are among the many reasons an IoT project can fail before showcasing its true potential. To ensure your project’s success, it’s imperative you partner with the correct remote communications company that can handle your data transmission needs. Here at Galaxy Broadband, we offer redundant fibre upstream, optional hosting and peering to ensure all our IoT projects are handled with security and flexibility. We take pride in our ability to provide customers remote communications solutions with industry-leading network availability so that their IoT initiative falls on the right side of a very real statistic.