The burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) industry is revolutionizing standard devices and services into high-functioning, multidimensional tools through IoT network connectivity. With this rapidly expanding level of connectivity, network security is becoming an increasingly prevalent matter to address as all network-powered assets expose transferred, sensitive data to the potential risk of becoming compromised through security breaches. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, 1,293 IoT network security breaches were reported in 2017, and the businesses that deploy these devices and services are held responsible for keeping the associated information and data secure.
The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to aid innovators in the medical industry worldwide. New devices enabled by smart technology provide healthcare professionals with the tools to gather patient data on a much larger scale, resulting in a level of effectiveness and agility that was previously unknown to healthcare services. As a result, healthcare IT solutions have been implemented to help hospitals and other care facilities manage and process IoT-provided patient data. According to Markets and Markets, the healthcare IT market is projected to reach more than $280 billion by 2021 at an annual growth rate of 15.9%.
Low power wide area (LPWA) is the primary network solution for IoT systems that transmit small amounts of data, but require a robust coverage area and a large number of connected devices. The recent advent of Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) has set a new standard for LPWA networking by prioritizing low cost, low power, minimal infrastructures, robust reach over massive distances, and scalability to cover a large number of devices.
Low Power Wide Area Networks: Security and Cost Considerations for Choosing an LPWA Network SolutionPosted by Carmi Brandis on September 26, 2018 at 5:00 AM
Low power wide area (LPWA) networks are growing rapidly across the world with use cases ranging from cold-chain asset tracking to smart metering and remote management of sea freight and livestock. According to a recent ABI research study, the LPWA market is projected to increase 53% annually until 2023. The emergence of LPWA IoT over the past decade was initially met with restrictive high costs in network connectivity. Unlicensed LPWA network options quickly emerged as an attractive alternative to the restrictive costs of the licensed options for enterprise decision makers ready to deploy their IoT systems.
In the United Kingdom, more than 609,000 self-reported injuries occurred between 2016 and 2017, according to the Health and Safety Executive. As an article from Safety Line outlines, nations across the globe are examining how to minimize work-related injuries, specifically for lone workers who perform tasks independently, without monitoring or supervision, in field settings that are remote and often outside of an office or institution.
While safety can be enforced by watchfulness among a team to minimize work-related injuries, lone workers do not benefit from this measure of workplace security. Surveyors, social workers, remote operators, and in-home caregivers are all examples of lone workers at higher risk of work-related injuries or occupational challenges.