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IoT is Here, Is Your Network Ready?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere and its uses are growing exponentially. IoT is being used by local governments to build smart cities, businesses to develop smart products like appliances, electronics and wearable technology, and consumers who benefit from the convenience of not having to carry cash, keys or cards. Industry analysts expect over 20 billion IoT devices will be connected by 2020, which is a 2.5 x increase over the 8 billion connected devices in 2017*.

IoT touches many areas of the market, including manufacturing, health care, transportation and utilities. IoT has promised more analytical data insights that will help to create greater efficiency and enhance customer satisfaction. The data collected includes everything from sensors that can transmit data like temperature, speed, video feed, pressure and location to items including cars, trucks and machines, that are all connected over the internet. Once the data is collected, it is then analyzed and translated into information that is actionable for businesses and government.

By 2025, it is expected that over 75 billion IoT devices will be connected*. That will cause an increase in traffic over network infrastructure as massive amounts of data will be transported. Without the right network infrastructure, the concept of IoT will not be scalable for this exponential growth.

IoT is different than traditional networks that have static capacity and variable demands. With IoT applications, both capacity and demand are variable, which poses challenges for networks. It makes it difficult to detect and allocate resources, manage capacity and deliver performance.

Service-Aware networks are the solution to this particular challenge. Performance analytics and testing are used to identify faults, while SD-WAN is used to optimize utilization and performance of system and network resources in near real-time.

SD-WAN play a fundamental role as businesses continue to embrace IoT. Choosing the right SD-WAN platform is critical to ensuring businesses are able to fully optimize their operations.

How does SD-WAN enable IoT business initiatives?

  1. Visibility: Real-time visibility into the network is critical. This removes the guesswork and enables organizes to run more efficiently by speeding up troubleshooting and know exactly where the issue is and how to fix it.
  2. Traffic-segmentation: Send key application traffic on dedicated links to ensure delivery.
  3. High Availability: Link balancing products can be deployed in high availability and failover mode to ensure maximum uptime to increase business continuity.
  4. Intelligent Condition Verification: Set rules and thresholds to optimize your bandwidth usage. You can set actions for when specific conditions happen, such as a link failure or saturation. This will ensure you have a plan for when something unexpected happens on your network.

 

On May 9, 2019, Martello President & CEO John Proctor spoke at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec at IoT613 on how you can achieve IoT-Ready Network Connectivity in today’s world. Here he demonstrated how Martello’s UC Aware SD-WAN solution builds on the strength of Martello’s UC history and expertise to deliver network results in today’s landscape.

Looking to the future we have the concept of autonomous vehicles and other IoT applications, including smart cities, first responder networks and telemedicine on our minds.

In the case of autonomous vehicles, even a fraction of a second of delay can have devastating results. Taking measures including multi-link redundancy, and leveraging multiple network providers to remain connected at all times, even in areas with limited network coverage can make the difference between life or death. This is critical for IoT applications that include emergency response, transportation, matters of public safety and military.

CEO John Proctor asked in his IoT613 speaking session: “Driving down between cities, how often does your call go down, as it jumps from one tower to the other? How comfortable are you with that happening to your car, when you’re sitting in the back?”

Are you willing to take the risk of not having a network that is up to the challenge?

Working with Blackberry QNX’s Autonomous Vehicles, Martello is bringing the reliable, secure connectivity of the office, to the car.  Using a combination of hardware and advanced network algorithms, Martello gives your vehicle the ability to connect to multiple towers and service providers simultaneously, improving the signal strength and ensuring there’s no drop as you switch between towers and service providers.

“This proof of concept demonstrated that Martello’s technology can deliver reliable network connectivity in challenging mobile applications such as autonomous vehicles”, said Grant Courville, VP, Products and Strategy at BlackBerry QNX in a press release. “We’re pleased to have collaborated with Martello to bring this proof of concept to fruition, working with the BlackBerry QNX operating system”.

See how we’re bringing our expertise to the road:

“This proof of concept is significant, because of the growing number of IoT applications which will require reliable network connectivity in challenging mobile environments, where both capacity and demand are variable”, said John Proctor, President and CEO of Martello. “I look forward to demonstrating our technology to the broader IoT and transportation ecosystem, and thank BlackBerry QNX for the opportunity prove our concept with an industry leader”.

The world of IoT is constantly changing and constantly having to update your network to keep up is an inefficient and expensive way to go about it. Choose a solution that is ready for tomorrow, today and be ahead of the wave of IoT devices that are coming our way.

Want to know more about our involvement in IoT? Check out our Solutions page.

 

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