Getting started in the Internet of Things (IoT) can be a daunting task for any company, but it doesn’t have to be. We all have heard about the numbers of connected devices, today and in the future. We understand that the world is moving towards the connected everything. The issue for many is how do I start? What are the challenges? What tools are necessary for IoT solutions? While it’s tempting to take a ‘wait and see’ attitude, the reality is the market is simply moving too fast to sit on the sidelines.
Here, we cover some of the issues. More in-depth analysis can be found in our recent webinar (link here) or at our Neo site (link here).
Getting to Market:
IoT is advancing so fast, and marketplaces are getting so competitive, that trying to design and deploy expensive proprietary solutions can hinder your company’s viability. In the business world, technology uncertainty can be difficult to manage, and what you don’t know certainly can hinder progress. To that end, it is vital to seek a technology partner, with IoT experience, that can guide you not only through the initial uncertainties, but also through all elements of the IoT, from initial toe in the water to understanding commitments to connectivity options to billing issues to global scaling, if that is where you want to go.
Look for a partner with multiple technology options (2G, 3G, 4G cellular solutions across CDMA, GSM, and LTE networks), one that can deliver local, national, or global IoT solutions, and can do so from one platform.
Neo puts you in control of your IoT / M2M connectivity and gets you to market fast with a simple, self-service platform. With no contracts and with flexible pricing, Neo’s solutions keep costs to a minimum and accelerate deployment by using proven off-the-shelf devices, ones that:
- Best fit your current business model
- Can rapidly scale as needed
- Allow you to dynamically change solutions over time
Ensure your IoT partner has comprehensive insight into every aspect of your deployment because early detection and mitigation of issues are crucial factors in reducing time to market.
Planning for Success:
Business growth always is a corporate goal. Picking the wrong technology can cripple that vision before it can gain a foothold. Is Wi-Fi the answer? Maybe, but it’s difficult to manage on a large scale. Are some new untested technologies ripe for use? Many are out there. Few have been globally tested for scale. Fewer still are those that have been certified. Is cellular the answer? With its many benefits, it is the right solution at the right time. And whatever the technology, do you have the platform for management capabilities?
Neo’s simple, flexible design empowers your business. In easy steps, you acquire SIMs, you get connected, you have support. You’re in the IoT sphere.
Security, or lack of, is the great threat that just never lets up. The levels of attack are becoming even more sophisticated and need to be addressed at the design stage of an IoT deployment, not as an afterthought.
Implementing IoT security can seem overwhelming, so much so that many companies simply assume their service providers have it covered. That puts tremendous pressure on your operations, especially if a breach occurs. The secret to successful IoT security is to take a 360-degree approach to your operations, following three basic tenets—prevention, detection, and response.
On the Neo network, your data is protected, and the exposure to network layer attacks is dramatically limited.
To learn more about getting started, as well as the requirements of speed to market, planning for success, and security, visit Neo or listen to our highly focused webinar on Getting Started with IoT.