The Ultimate Success Of Every IoT Application Rests On One Critical Factor, by Michael Lemm

Michael Lemm, owner of FreedomFire Communications, talks IoT and the key to having a successful application for it in enterprise tech

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This week’s opinion piece is answered by Michael Lemm. Michael is the owner of FreedomFire Communications, the author of the Broadband Nation blog, and a retired U.S. Navy officer.

When it comes to business, IoT is a total game changer. The technology makes companies smarter and more efficient while optimizing such areas as logistics processes, smart building engineering and management, asset tracking and management, production data collection and analysis, customer digital experience, machine to machine communications (Industrial IoT), smart metering, endpoint data collection, and much more.

In order for any Internet Of Things (IoT) application or project to be successful there is one critical factor that must be addressed and solidly in place to achieve the desired results. It doesn’t matter how innovative or impressive the overall IoT project may appear….without a solid and well managed network foundation the entire IoT ecosystem will ultimately fail. Get the network backbone and the management thereof wrong….and you’re doomed. Get it right and the sky’s the limit.

The bottom line is if you get the network backbone and management right first….”knock it out of the park” as they say….it not only helps ensure project success but also opens up a whole new world of possibilities for any IoT application.

In order to function in a manner that can reliably support and not hinder the IoT, business and cities alike will have to enlist not one, but all types of connections to the internet (wired and wireless) from public broadband to private circuits. In fact, it will have to mix all of these to create a robust virtual network for the IoT’s billions of end points. How you incorporate both wireline needs and mobility into your IoT connectivity ecosystem will be the determining factor for successful IoT deployment. One key emerging arena is the fact that IoT is most successfully implemented when SD-WAN (Software Defined Wide Area Network) is an integral component of the backbone for connectivity.

IoT devices need management and cybersecurity protection; SD-WAN allows companies to consolidate everything from network encryption to policy-based controls from all of an enterprise’s remote offices into one secure network and management console, over the internet. This greatly reduces operational management.

SD-WAN also allows for multiple access methods spanning wired and wireless networks—regardless of the connection, users can manage their SD-WAN in a centralized way. Some IoT devices must be wirelessly connected; in other cases, companies are looking for diversification.

The industry standard for 4G wireless downlink connections is better than ever, and 50Gbps is not unheard of. That means that 4G links are an ideal backup, disaster recovery or failover solution, and they offer true geographical diversity.

You need all the elements of the IoT to function reliably to realize the true promise of IoT: sensors, gateways, cloud intelligence, and also the virtual network overlay that connects them. Connectivity is THE key player here.  IT leadership that not only understands this but also “knocks it out of the park” can be the game-changer for their organizations. Incorporating SDWAN into that connectivity infrastructure further enhances your odds of a successful project.

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