You hear it all the time: The Internet of Things is the technology of the future! But it’s been here—organizations have already been tapping into this power and connecting all kinds of devices to the internet:
- Vodafone and the Sea Mammal Research Unit in Scotland have used cellular IoT devices to track the movements and health of harbor seals.
- Get My Parking has used cellular IoT technology to help drivers find parking in Germany.
- Sierra Wireless produces IoT enabled streetlights that help cities save money, and increase or decrease street lighting based on weather, time of day, or the presence of emergency responders.
The list goes on. But if you want to build your own IoT solution or implement one into your business infrastructure, there are a lot of directions you can go. Here are the cellular IoT use cases that show the most promise.
Individual hobbyists and engineers can easily add cellular IoT capabilities to their projects just by adding a SIM card. Small, home-built devices and direct-to-consumer brands can be a cost-efficient way to add cellular IoT connectivity to their products.
This makes it easier than ever to experiment and innovate with cellular IoT technology. And, this gives small, independent creators even more opportunities to create powerful solutions to real-world problems.
Industrial Automation and Monitoring
Adding internet connectivity to machines and sensors improves efficiency and maintenance routines. Quality control measurements, maintenance interval information and equipment status data can be monitored in real-time and transmitted to remote locations.
This reduces the need for physical equipment inspections and enables quality control to be integrated into production processes, rather than implemented as a post-production manufacturing stage.
Wearables and Smart Electronics
This territory has already been pioneered by companies like Apple and Fitbit. But, smartwatches are just the beginning of wearable technology. Other brands are already producing smart glasses, and practical augmented reality is close.
Beyond the typical sports and lifestyle applications, these new technologies have the potential to revolutionize things like customer support, training and education, home automation and even things like equipment repair.
For instance, augmented reality could be used to guide users through repairs that would ordinarily require them to mail their product to the factory.
Transportation and Civil Infrastructure
Much of the technology for smart cars and smart cities are already available. However, cellular IoT enabled vehicles and city infrastructures could take smart cars to the next level with smart public transportation that uses citywide sensors and traffic data to create customized routes in real-time for better fuel efficiency and shorter consumer ride times.
But that’s just scratching the surface of what cellular IoT could do for the automotive industry and smart cities.
Hardwire internet and communication networks are fast. But, they’re susceptible to natural disasters and often suffer from poor network infrastructures, especially in rural areas.
G4, G5, and LTE networks are fast enough to serve as suitable backups for most wired connections.
Cellular IoT devices are ideal for connection sensing and disconnect reporting that enables communications providers to provide near-immediate failover to cellular networks. And, with LTE enabled IoT devices, the sensing and reporting infrastructure requires very little additional network equipment.
This is far from an exhaustive list of cellular IoT use cases. But it illustrates the potential of the cellular IoT. Cellular IoT devices offer more flexibility than traditional WiFi IoT equipment. And, modern LTE networks are capable enough that the connection isn’t restrictive.
So, it’s quite likely that cellular IoT could improve your business or be part of your next product.
If you need cellular IoT connectivity, learn how the Telnyx wireless solution can help you connect.
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