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The future of automation in UK industry looks promising, at least in the sense that companies are willing to seize the opportunity presented by COVID-19 to introduce technologies not requiring human intervention in the workplace. Furthermore, Pod Group’s latest survey also reveals that efforts to automate processes will be ramped up as a result of the pandemic. However, automation technology needs to be adopted for the right reasons and with a clear strategy. Not defining the“how” will get businesses nowhere, with the outcome a far cry from what was initially envisaged.
The idea of connecting devices and sensors over the cloud enables many new applications such as Industry 4.0, asset tracking, connected cars, telehealth and much more. Suddenly, many operational experts in vertical segments such as agriculture, the petroleum and oil industry, manufacturing, and more are becoming deeply involved in the Internet of Things. They are partnering with experts in IoT to provide complete solutions to their clients. The future is bright with more IoT applications, 5G network and Low-Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) being developed. And this is just the beginning.
While most of the industry focus is on deploying new networks based on 5G New Radio (5G NR), the evolution of 4G LTE networks will continue to be a pillar of cellular networks for a long time to come. Due to investments required, cellular operators will be focused on deploying the new 5G NR networks where they are needed most — urban and dense urban parts of the network where capacity needs are highest and cell site concentration is densest. Hence, for the foreseeable future, underlying 4G LTE networks will provide the broad-based, ubiquitous, countrywide coverage for the 5G NR devices.
Considering the critical role they play in a successful IoT deployment, cellular IoT module function must always be appropriate, consistent and sustainable. These small communication adapters and computing devices allow physical objects to connect and interact with wireless networks as they transmit the data that devices sense, collect and store.
This field guide provides an overview of five ways to improve the design of your wireless IoT product, get to market faster, and increase the reliability of your solution. While this document focuses on the unique challenges of cellular technology, the concepts apply to any wireless technology (e.g. LTE-M, NB-IoT, Bluetooth Mesh, or ZigBee, for example).