Nick Sacke, Head of IOT and Product at Comms365 breaks down the essentials of IOT

In recent years there has been quite a prolific uptake of IOT networks in South Asia and in some European countries, but in the UK it’s been a bit patchy. According to analysis from IHS Markit the number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices worldwide will jump 12 per cent on average annually, from nearly 27 billion in 2017 to 125 billion in 2030, so it’s only a matter of time before IOT takes off in the UK.

Nick Sacke, Head of IOT and Product at Comms365, an innovative Mobile Data and Fixed Line communications company is on a mission to make IOT more accessible for all UK businesses and beyond. In 5 simple steps, Nick Sacke breaks down the most important things businesses need to know about IOT.

IOT is viewed as complex and expensive but it holds great promise and I think people are interested but then don’t really understand how to engage with it’’ explains Nick Sake. ‘‘To make it more accessible there needs to be more of an informed education about what IOT can do for businesses. So I think an informed consultation about the possibilities – commercial and operational possibilities of IOT is good.

“In order to make IOT work properly for you, you need several critical components. You need sensors, if you are going to be harvesting data, you need to be able to pick the right sensor, so I think picking the right hardware is quite important.

‘‘But the hardware is only harvesting and it’s sending the information back so you’re going to need a network fabric that can take the inputs of thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of devices might be communicating and sending that data back. So you need to have a network that can reach into some very difficult places for total coverage. And you’ll also need to be able to send that data somewhere where it can then be stored and analysed to produce something that is useful to that business or decision maker.  

“So for an IT Executive, you’d need to have a proper consultation of what IOT can do for you. You’ll probably need to have some kind of proof of concept platform.

With IOT you will need a network and you need to know how my data can be handled and how it can interface to your systems or maybe stored off-site or off-shore in Azure or AWS.

“The critical issue we face in IOT is that you’re pretty much, as an IOT Executive or IT decision maker asked to go and source these yourself. So once you’ve identified the components, you’re then encouraged to go and get them and then bring them together somehow to create a trial network or proof of concept or even a deployment. We think that’s really hard, so from our point of view at Comms 365, we think there’s a gap in the  IOT market, for ready-made solutions that you can literally deploy today. You don’t have to do the tuning and tweaking yourself, you can literally deploy it in your estate and then get the benefits of the data and I think that’s where we are moving to as a market.’’