Where is the multitude of connected objects that were announced a few years ago? The deployment of a global network of connected objects is much more complex than we initially thought.
Cisco Systems estimates that up to 75% of IoT deployments fail, and Microsoft says 30% of Internet of Things (IoT) projects only reach the proof-of-concept stage before failing.
But the Internet of Things is here to stay, and with billions of connected objects already active, how can you plan your own global rollout and make sure it’s successful? Nick Earle, CEO of Eseye, an IoT solutions provider based in Guildford (UK), gives us some tips for success and points out what to look out for.
Invest in device design
Consider standardizing and simplifying the production of your connected devices, ensuring they meet the specific requirements of your overall project. Make sure they are future-proof and can connect to any network, accommodating any specific variations of local networks to stay connected.
Choose the right partner
It is complex to work globally with mobile network operators who may have different contracts and not be able to provide 100% connectivity for these devices worldwide.
Look for partners who can offer network switching, or consider implementing an integrated universal integrated circuit card (eUICC) capable of switching networks to maintain connectivity when network conditions change.
Large-scale data analysis and management
Make sure that your cloud provider can scale significantly to store huge amounts of inbound data, in a well-managed and secure manner.
Storing this mass of data will be expensive – so make sure that only relevant data is stored, and time sensitive data is prioritized.
Design for optimal device security
Make sure your hardware is tamper-proof, and consider including an eSIM card built into the device. Use one that is write-protected, with no programming interface, and no debug code.
Make sure that application security is provided at the transport layer (TLS) and HTTPS. Consider network security through GSM network or VPN. You can also implement additional security by SMS.
With “over the air” (OTA) and “zero-touch” functionality, a device connects to the service provider and downloads the security certificate when it is powered on. This method ensures that security certificates are not manually assigned to the device. In this way, the security of the software can also be strengthened and updated over time.
Implement flexible device management
Be sure to design your deployment with the expectation that it will grow as you implement your devices. It is important to integrate the ability to massively change the implementation of a service.
Use automation to manage the deployment of connected objects and integrate predictive maintenance and fault identification to quickly identify errors. The ability to see all connected devices and their status is a guarantee of success.
But there are some challenges you also need to consider.
Watch out for permanent roaming problems!
Global IoT deployments can fail due to roaming and regulatory issues. Ensuring connectivity is a challenge for connected objects, wherever they are deployed.
Some countries like Australia, United States, China, Canada, India, Turkey and Singapore have restrictions or prohibitions on roaming when a device is connected to a network outside its country. original for more than 90 days.
Commercial disputes over roaming agreements can lead to termination of connectivity agreements, which means your device will no longer be able to communicate.
One potential solution could be the use of eSIM location so that IoT devices can connect to the best local provider for data services.
Earle concludes, “Uncertainty about the initial and lifelong connectivity of devices is a major concern for companies deploying IoT projects on a large scale. Global deployments are not cheap, and so is the level of investment. necessary is more difficult to justify in commercial terms when connectivity is not assured. “
Planning your global deployment is essential to ensure that wherever your IoT deployment is located, it can connect and transmit data to its management system, anywhere in the world.
Without this connectivity, and a scalable data management solution, your deployment is doomed.