30 March 2021

Enabling remote connectivity for IoT devices

Enabling remote connectivity for IoT devices

If you are a provider of IoT solutions and services, there are a number of ways in which you can obtain connectivity for your remote IoT devices. Inevitably, you’ll find that mobile networks are key to scalable success – but, do you really want to become an expert in mobile while building your business? You need a partner that can handle that for you.

Wireless connectivity is essential for IoT devices

IoT devices have become commonplace and are used to collect data for a growing variety of purposes. They are fundamental to our connected future. the IoT market is set to surge, driven by a number of factors and fuelled by demand from numerous sectors. The vast majority of these will need some of wireless connectivity.

It’s true that, for example, household IoT applications and services may use a variety of short-range radio to connect to local routers – and hence use conventional broadband as the pipe to the internet and the cloud servers that support them. The same may be true for devices in other locations, too. And, while there are various kinds of longer-range wireless connection options, a significant proportion of IoT devices will depend on mobile networks for connectivity.

In practice, this means they will need IoT SIMs to ensure secure and trusted access to mobile networks, just like classical mobile phones. The specific network to which they connect will depend on the coverage available, but any developer or innovator of IoT services and applications must, ultimately, consider mobile connectivity as part of their toolbox.

Mobile is the key to scaling your IoT solution

This is particularly true when considering devices that are deployed in remote locations, well beyond the range of fixed or indoor networks. Indeed, in such locations, mobile will be the only realistic option. This means that, if you are creating a deployment strategy, you need to find a mobile partner that can help.

In this case, you have several key considerations. These include:

  • How widely will your devices be deployed in your country of choice?
  • How many countries do you intend to deploy?
  • Where do you see growth?
  • How much data will you need – per device and in aggregate across your fleet?

Multiple locations and countries can create an operational headache

If you are only planning for a single location, you can probably find a solution quite easily. But, if you plan to deploy in multiple locations, then you need to think about the connectivity available. This will guide your selection of network partner. Problems can emerge if you find that one operator cannot deliver the coverage you need in multiple locations across the country. In this case, you need a partner that can enable you to connect to any of the national operators.

If you wish to take your solution to multiple countries, then you need to make the same choices. Similarly, if device mobility is part of your story then you are sure to need multiple operators. All of which adds complexity – you may find yourself dealing with multiple operators. That’s not fun and it’s not your business. Your business is to make your applications and devices work and to serve your customers. You shouldn’t have to spend time dealing with three, four or 15 different mobile network providers. It distracts from your core activities and will lead to significant – and often unforeseen – operational costs.

A single partner to handle the connectivity

What you need is a single partner that can provide you with connectivity, with multiple options for each country and that is present in every country in which you seek to do business. Ideally, rather than having a stack of individual rate plans, you need to be able to pick up  a simple plan that offers a pool of data for your devices – so you can more easily share resources and track growth as you scale.

Connectivity may not be the most complex element of your solution – but it can rapidly become complicated, unless you eliminate the problem, by choosing a single partner that can offer remote IoT connectivity, wherever you need it.

That’s what Voio offers. Voio Network is a network of networks, built to ease the deployment of your IoT devices, in any country, so you don’t have to worry about individual network partners. We’ve spent years negotiating the best deals for our bulk data plans, so we can pass on better per MB rates to you. You need to focus on your business. We focus on ours – the delivery of secure, reliable connectivity, with attractive prices.

Our network serves businesses like your, across multiple sectors. For example, ship owners that need global coverage, security and logistics firms that want to track assets, as well as users of high-value medical equipment, that needs connectivity as soon as it arrives in a country or different location.

So, if you have big ambitions for your IoT services and applications, you should talk to Voio. We can help you connect, so you don’t need to worry about remote connectivity for your IoT devices.