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The year is 2020 and the world is gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic. With social distancing and remote working highly encouraged, our reality has changed drastically in a space of weeks and months. A return to the pre-coronavirus status quo seems unthinkable and waves of change are being felt across all levels of society. How will businesses react amidst widespread reports of temporary layoffs and long-term unemployment which are fueling the growing impact of the virus on the global economy?
From inpatient monitoring to connected drug delivery systems, remote appointments to at-home care for high-risk patients, the use cases of IoT in healthcare are infinite. Given the rising pressure on doctors and nurses, IoT applications could be more widely implemented to alleviate the strain, ensuring patients continue to receive the same high - or even improved - levels of care. Not only do connected devices aid physicians, they may also empower patients to play a more active role in managing their own health. First, though, a reliable connectivity solution is required in order to successfully deploy, and take full advantage of the benefits offered by IoT health applications.
LTE clearly has the right attributes for private business networks and the key performance parameters, a peak rate of 1 Gbps and latency less than 50 milliseconds, are state-of-the-art figures. They can run low data rate applications like LTE-M and NB-IoT, as well as the high data rates needed for on-line security cameras. This adds up to a very positive case for employing LTE connectivity on private networks.
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.
Fifth-generation wireless (5G) is the latest iteration of cellular radio technology, engineered to greatly increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless networks while, at the same time, significantly reducing latency. Typically, a new generation is named when it denotes a significant leap in wireless mobile technologies, and 5G will provide significantly advanced features, such as higher data rates (peak of 10 GB/s); lower latency (1-4 milliseconds); and higher capacity at each tower (1M+ sensors per square kilometer).
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.
This paper examines the comprehensive security needs of IoT modules and platforms and discusses the best practices to ensure that the whole system is protected.
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.
Up to now, IoT has always had to use standard plastic SIMs , but eSIM is changing all that with the potential for increased openness and flexibility.