Your objectives are clear. You may want to reduce power consumption, automate processes, predict maintenance, monitor foot traffic or gain real-time insight into the condition of remote assets. You are ready to implement a game changing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT, also known as M2M – Machine to Machine) plan. Whatever your goal, ask these questions before taking the first step.
1. How data intensive is your application?
There are two types of ‘applications’ in the IoT world – applications that produce and transmit minimal amounts of data, such as monitoring smart meters or smart parking and bandwidth intensive applications including: security surveillance, digital signage, mission critical applications that operate industrial machines or telemedicine functions demanding high speed data transmission over 4G LTE networks.
Choose equipment adapted to your data needs.
Failure is not an option where Industrial IoT applications are concerned, especially when the application is “mission critical”, where the need is for an industrialgrade device that delivers powerful and reliable highspeed connectivity over 4G networks worldwide.
2. How will you take control?
If the aim is to accelerate time-to-market, deliver new revenue generating services or lower the total cost of ownership – your Industrial IoT device should monitor and control remote assets.
This can be done with remote management connectivity enabling distant access while providing real time visibility for smart management of your network.
Take control of individual, group or large-scale fleet of Industrial IoT devices with support for TR-069 and OMA LWM2M standards. This ensures extensive real time monitoring and management capabilities that span analytics, comprehensive reporting on failed connections and tasks, profile updates and inventory reports.
The goal is to achieve carrier-grade remote management with an end-to-end solution that is easy to implement.
3. How will the solution be adapted, scaled and integrated?
Think beyond your immediate and near-term objectives, and consider challenges, opportunities and unforeseen changes that will impact future business needs.
Networks, market trends and technologies are always evolving. To effectively adapt in line with these changes you need the capacity to build a flexibly integrated system using a wireless IIoT device that enables interoperability with the end-to-end workings of the solution.
Choose an intelligent IIoT device with a powerful processor that supports scalability by working with many different management platforms globally. Select a device that lets you integrate hardware, software, cloud service platforms and carrier networks your way and gives you the possibility to roll out new services and features quickly and cost effectively.
4. Is the solution fail-proof?
4G LTE devices that have failover connectivity to 3G, or to a secondary network, are especially important when IIoT applications transmit business critical data from locations where cellular connectivity is the only option.
A device with multiple cellular connectivity options will keep you connected if the 4G LTE connection drops out. This is especially important when considering a device for reliable mobile connectivity to time critical systems, tele-health services and disaster recovery applications by offering automatic failover to 3G when outside of 4G coverage areas.
5. Will the deployment withstand extreme industrial conditions?
To ensure longevity in any environment, industrial, agricultural or urban, check that the IIoT device has undergone extensive environmental testing under extreme conditions of temperature, shock and vibration. Heavy-duty industrial-grade 4G LTE devices should be specially engineered with a robust enclosure and a wide temperature rating to ensure that the electrical components operate at even extreme temperatures.
6. Do you need to track assets on the go?
If you need to track and manage vehicles and other mobile assets, your IIoT device will need integrated GPS that’s compatible with all global systems. I/O ports allow users to read sensors or remotely control equipment such as lights, meters or pumps; and vehicular applications will benefit from a device with ignition sense capability and a wide input voltage range.
7. Do you need end-to-end support?
The strength of your ecosystem will depend on the partners you choose to work with. IIoT deployments involve close collaboration between network, hardware, software and application providers.
To get a complex project off the ground, choose a partner with the expertise needed to innovate bespoke solutions for specific challenges. It pays to work with vendors that have in-house engineering teams and a proven track record of designing devices that withstand harsh industrial environments and existing deployment at scale.
NetComm Wireless works closely with global carrier, enterprise, systems integrator, platform and channel partners to optimise capabilities, overcome complexities, achieve scale and deliver value to customers.
Introducing the latest generation of Industrial IoT technology.
NetComm Wireless recently extended its IIoT range with a new 4G LTE Cat 6 Industrial IoT Router with Dual Band WiFi (NTC-400) for heavy-duty applications such as large-scale asset tracking, surveillance and 4K digital displays.
Designed to control operational technology that performs critical functions in harsh industrial and vehicular environments, the robust NTC-400 series combines high speed 4G LTE data communications (up to 300 Mbps) and dual SIM support with carrier - grade remote management and support for multiple LTE bands.
The NTC-400 seamlessly integrates into existing remote management platforms, and includes Gigabit Ethernet ports, a serial port, and a USB port for network flexibility.
NetComm Wireless also launched its Remote Device Manager (RDM) to enable the secure upgrade of firmware and applications – and facilitate extensive management, service provisioning, monitoring and data collection.