How Mobile Broadband Connectivity Powers High-Speed IoT
By Safi Khan
March 4, 2020
By Safi Khan
March 4, 2020
In the new era of portable digital devices, mobile broadband (MBB) has revolutionized the landscape of enterprise networking. With the speed and digital accuracy of 3G and 4G connectivity, companies and entire industries use MBB to engage in real-time with their network in the field and provide customer service through apps and content management programs. Over time, the myriad uses of MBB technology have expanded beyond sending emails, texts and video conferences back and forth to those within an enterprise network.
By 2020, more than 20 billion devices will connect to the Internet of Things (IoT). The applications for IoT through MBB channels will allow those on the network to connect and manage IoT-enabled devices. IoT helps to maintain security features, track goods and products and even control facility temperatures from a remote location.
IoT frontiers are expanding toward MBB with new cellular communication modules and data cards that pave the way for new technologies and applications. These include ultra-high-speed industrial routers, in-vehicle video surveillance systems, cloud-based IP cameras and more.
With the introduction of long-term evolution (LTE) speeds that slingshot data speeds past 1 Gbps, the pressure is on to ensure consistency and open the floodgates to better services and applications of MBB possibilities. More room to play translates directly into more effective solutions and higher ROI.
There is a variety of high-throughput and low-latency form factors for cellular devices, laptops and other devices to update an entire enterprise network for navigating 3G and 4G speeds. Drop the right module into your existing framework and begin to change the way your system operates. Industries, such as enterprise networking, smart vehicles, video streaming, fleet management, fixed wireless access and security, all thrive on connectivity. Having the right tools to track assets, hold critical connections and identify problems instantaneously is not only good business but also a crucial part of daily operations.
Since speed will significantly affect the design and efficiency of enterprise networks, here are a few of the useful applications of this technology going forward.
Reliability. Speed. Security. Routers of yesteryear used to be a problematic mess. Too much bandwidth allocation would slow down — or collapse — the entire network. High-bandwidth MBB routers accelerate response times and ensure that those broken links and kinks are a problem of the past. Tom Butts, the chief executive and founder of Telit partner Digi International, says, “Continuous connectivity is mission-critical in today’s business environment — nearly every business aspect benefits from a strong, stable and fast LTE network.” Ultra-high-speed routers, such as Digi’s 6350-SR and 6330-MX, have defining features including auto-switching between carriers, WAN load balancing, automated failover and optional Wi-Fi — all useful for today’s most demanding industrial applications.
MBB IoT solutions make it possible to gain visibility without signal loss, improving security in vehicles, across industrial facilities and at every physical and virtual touchpoint in your network. In-vehicle video surveillance systems will aid in everything from loss prevention to traffic disputes. Police forces and transportation industries use the technology now to help maintain the integrity of their officers and drivers, helping to ensure conduct guideline compliance. Simple surveillance means making smarter decisions about the best courses of action based on real-time security conditions, identifying false alarms, aiding in time-consuming inspections and analyzing data to improve security processes and systems.
Live video surveillance and cloud-based IP cameras have increased visibility for organizations that want to safeguard their people, assets and buildings. More efficient, high-speed cameras are quickly becoming a simple, cost-effective security solution at factories and distribution centers across the globe. Safety and IoT work together beyond just monitoring facilities, in any case. Every industry, from agriculture (in spot-checking crops and livestock) to retail (where asset management and warehouse compliance are crucial), can stand to benefit from IP camera security. Smart cities will utilize the technology to improve highway traffic, monitor parking garages, and oversee street and facility safety across the spectrum. First responders can use the technology to safely gain insights into dangerous situations without putting their team in harm’s way. Better surveillance means smarter decisions across the board.
Data cards, such as Telit’s LM960, are busy changing the speed of operation with maximum flexibility. The LM960 Gigabit LTE Cat 18 data card is designed specifically for cellular routers. It supports 23 bands and LTE-A Cat 18 with download speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps and a five-band fallback to 3G. Moreover, it installs easily to any legacy design through a simple plug-and-play connection. Best of all, this technology offers improved coverage both indoors and outdoors and upgrades with ease for optimized network scalability. A single global SKU offers four different firmware images to support carriers worldwide and can be configured at boot-up time.
Telit is a worldwide leader in MBB solutions for IoT and M2M applications. Choose from a wide array of award-winning form factor chipsets, secure smart modules, routers, data cards and services all designed to put a halt to connectivity downtime in the age of IoT.