What is IoT?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the term used to describe the network of objects that communicate with each other via IP networks without any human interaction. The objects have software, sensors, actuators, electronics and network connectivity embedded enabling them to collect data and exchange it with other objects.
So how does IoT differ from the more ‘traditional’ machine to machine (M2M) term? The key is IP. M2M has mainly focused on direct point-to-point connectivity across mobile networks or fixed line. IoT communications involve IP networks and will usually employ cloud or middleware platforms. And it is for this reason that whilst M2M in its truest sense looks to remote access machines and connect back to central management, M2M is really about the communication only, not the broader processes and applications which would typically accompany IoT. The term ‘big data’ is now very much a used term referring to the sheer scale of data intelligence being generated from connected assets, from which programming and analysis can lead to improved business performance.
The ‘things’ can refer to physical devices, buildings, vehicles, anything that can be embedded with the items required to enable the connectivity. Put everything together and you can simply break IoT into three areas – the things, how those things connect, and the analysis of the data generated.
The acronym IoT is now a much-used phrase talked across industry, enterprise and consumer. The technology touches everyone’s lives – it’s just that not everybody realises it! The ‘connected home’, the ‘connected car’, the ‘Internet of Everything’, or the ‘Industrial Internet of Things’. The terms are becoming common parlance as they continue to impact on the way we think, work and live.
What is M2M?
M2M as the name describes is all about interaction between machine and machine. Proactive human involvement is seldom part of the one or two-way process. Devices interact via point-to-point communication. M2M technology was created to streamline the way data is collected from physical devices and incorporated into IT systems – without having to rely on people to intervene within the process. It has now evolved, though the market still sees millions of M2M connections that play key roles in today’s commercial and industrial settings.
Wireless Logic – our role in IoT and M2M
Now in our seventeenth year of ‘M2M and IoT Managed Services’, the market has evolved dramatically as we see many of the applications we support become more intelligent, IP-based and connected to integrated applications where data works smarter and harder. But what is Wireless Logic’s role? One might say that we provide the ‘plumbing’ – the fundamental connection between device and hub. But it’s more than just pipes. Whether across cellular, fixed line, satellite or low power radio networks, the connectivity that Wireless Logic provides is tailored to meet the needs of each application. And whilst the sector may refer to M2M per se as the plumbing and IoT as the enabler, Wireless Logic’s connectivity role across both is crucial to making applications work.
Within the M2M/IoT ecosystem, Wireless Logic’s place is firmly alongside application developers and systems integrators. Whilst their roles define the software architecture, scalability and integration to deliver solutions that can shape the way business performs and operates, Wireless Logic are the enablers to ensure two-way resilient and secure communication happens.
To see our place within the M2M IoT eco-system, click here.
Secure… by design
World news will regularly cite security as a big issue when it comes to connected devices. Hacking cars, breaking into organisational networks via a humble and remote connected asset, or accessing sensitive personal data from a connected medical monitoring device… These are all examples of the hazards application developers face as the world becomes a globally connected network of things. So key to Wireless Logic’s solutions is the security of connectivity. By creating a secure VPN with links back to all of the mobile network operators that we work with, Wireless Logic’s users can integrate enterprise-class networking that delivers 99.79% uptime and true secure point to point communication between connected assets. With infrastructure in place, customers can access feature-rich, high end networking on an OPEX basis, with minimal CAPEX investment required to be up and running.
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A growing range of sectors
From farming to vehicle telematics, street lighting to mobile health, M2M and IoT applications are reaching more and more industrial and commercial sectors, dramatically changing business and operational models to become more efficient, safer and secure.
To learn more about the areas that Wireless Logic is connecting with, click here.
Control. Every step of the way
Managing thousands of connected assets and ensuring performance, operability and security are in line involves estate owners requiring total visibility of their connected devices 24.7. An asset that is stolen, becomes disconnected or decides to generate multiple and unexpected Gb of data, is an asset that could cost an operation dearly. It is therefore essential that monitoring and control platforms are an integral part of the IoT/M2M eco-system. By having visibility of every asset, its uptime, downtime and current status, owners can enable optimum performance, maximise ROI, and be aware of impending issues that can be resolved before they impact on the greater business.
At Wireless Logic, the SIMPro platform gives a one window viewing and management platform to SIM-enabled connected assets across 30+ mobile networks. From monitoring data usage in realitme in conjunction with NetPro, to organising multiple assets into respective cost-centres for ease of billing, SIMPro delivers multiple business benefits as an essential tool in IoT/M2M asset management.
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