Our IoT connectivity team regularly read the reports written by Beecham Research, a consultancy which has been tracking the global IoT market for years and produces regular reports aimed at “improving the success rate of IoT projects, both across the IoT market and in individual sectors”. Its Succeed with IoT series is well worth a browse both for those who are well down their IoT path and others who are just getting started.
As Beecham writes “M2M then IoT has grown from a small side-show into the main event. It is no longer a ‘nice-to-have’. It has become an increasingly essential part of mission-critical operations supporting many different applications in many different business sectors.
In terms of volumes, there are already more IoT devices than phones in the world. Soon, even the number of IoT devices connected to mobile networks will exceed the number of mobile handsets connected to the same networks. Yet IoT solutions are inherently complex with many moving parts. IoT succeeds through a broad ecosystem of potential partners working together efficiently”.
Beecham also produces a comprehensive world map of IoT market segmentation World of IoT which you can see above. The circle starts in the middle with each vertical sector – health, buildings, transport etc – then moves out into app groups, then app types with the outer circle being the thing that is being connected eg cars, devices, machines etc.
It's an interesting read which shows the extent to which IoT has become pervasive across all sectors – and our everyday lives.
At Telecom26 we are focused on the connectivity element of IoT. In a nutshell, Telecom26 enables data connectivity, anywhere - so that your IoT device can connect to the best available network, regardless of location.
Telecom26’s IoT global connectivity pedigree
Reliable connectivity is key to the success of most IoT projects. – and this is where Telecom26 and our global eSIM and physical SIM cards come in.
Just one of our SIMs in an IoT device:
- Provides access to all of the networks covered by our global roaming service. That’s 1100+ cellular networks belonging to 650+ mobile operators in 200+ countries.
- Removes the need to worry about the coverage of a single MNO, or the existence of roaming alliances. Our SIMs automatically select the best performing network in the area, cross-border, while providing enterprises with the freedom to change SIM profiles and services with ease.
- Can be customised with routing profiles built for each IoT device according to a customer’s needs and budget. For example, for organisations that are more price sensitive we can ensure that our Global SIM cards automatically connect to the cheapest service in the area.
Last year we enhanced security on our networks by working with Elisa Polystar to collect real-time information regarding network signalling and data which gives us an end-to-end view of service delivery across hundreds of networks that our IoT eSIMs are using.
IoT device manufacturers and Telecom26
Far too often IoT device manufacturers leave the connectivity component to the end-user or agency that deploys their device - and may well end up blaming the device rather than poor connectivity for project failure.
However, when a manufacturer decides to take greater control over the connectivity of its IoT devices, it faces another challenge - it may not know where its device will end up and, even if it knows the country and can partner with a particular MNO the device’s connectivity is still at the mercy of one operator with unreliable bandwidth and patchy connectivity very real possibilities.
And again this will leave the owner of the IoT device left with the problem of juggling multiple SIMs across devices to find the strongest local network.
With a Telecom26 global SIM inserted into a device before it’s shipped these problems simply go away.
Continuing and starting your IoT journey with Telecom26
At Telecom26 we are helping with the rollout of IoT networks across a range of vertical markets. You can read more in these case studies and blog:
More information about our IoT SIM service can be found here.
If you’d like to find out how Telecom26 can help your organisation to embrace the benefits of IoT Networks, improve IoT connectivity and maximise IoT Security please contact us.