When building an IoT solution, connectivity is critical to a successful deployment and achieving ROI. Yet, connectivity needs aren’t the same for every application. As we look ahead to the future of connected devices, we need to change our mindset on connectivity — one size no longer fits all use cases.
Why approaching connectivity like software matters
Many countries across the globe and carriers are regulating how devices can connect to local cellular providers. That means that one roaming provider may not be possible for a global fleet of IoT devices. Without the ability to automatically change connections depending on where a device is deployed, manufacturers would need to understand exactly which device is going to the market to ensure the right SIM is installed. This creates unnecessary complexities in the manufacturing and supply chain processes.
When your connectivity is treated like software, you can have one SIM installed in any new or existing device, modify the connection, and ensure you won’t have to physically update a card as new types of connections are made available. With this flexibility, innovators can focus on driving value and innovations while connectivity around them evolves rapidly.
Considerations for selecting your connectivity solution
With new technology and changing our mindset on connectivity, there are always things to watch out for. For one, the promise of new technology often comes before the value is demonstrated. As a connectivity consumer, make sure you ask the right questions and ensure you are getting the flexibility needed for your business.
Additionally, always consider security. Turning SIM cards into software that can be remotely reprogrammed means your devices are more connected but also more vulnerable. Cellular connectivity has greater security benefits in place as the MNOs manage their networks, but also make sure your connectivity provider has additional features in place to keep your organization’s data and devices protected. Hologram prioritizes security with IMEI locking, PIN locking, and the ability to set alerts based on data usage and other parameters to catch security breaches and notify managers in real time before threats have a big impact on your business.
Innovating for the future
As you think about the problem you are solving, be sure that you are planning for the future where connectivity is an important layer within your tech stack – and one that operates like software. With this mindset, you’ll be able to innovate faster as you focus on the problems you and your organization are trying to solve.
In this webinar recording, we discuss:
- The changing landscape of connectivity
- Why connectivity isn’t one size fits all
- Cost implications of choosing the wrong connectivity
- Questions you should ask to ensure you are getting the right connectivity for your business