When it comes to connectivity, OEMs tasked with creating industrial IoT and M2M solutions, and the companies and enterprises that purchase and then deploy these solutions, face a number of challenges. Ease of design, integration, and testing are key at the development stage, while the ability to quickly roll out, at scale, across different geographies – or to accommodate movement between regions – can be paramount during implementation. And, unlike many consumer products, long-term, reliable and secure operation over long periods will be key – especially where IoT devices are to be deployed in remote and sometimes harsh environments and locations.
We live in a world where ‘being smart connected’ is ever more important in both the consumer and commercial sectors. Some estimates predict that there will be over 25 billion connected devices by 2025 and, while many of these may be smartphones and tablets, far more will be the ‘things’ that comprise the Internet of Things (IoT). At the same time, people are more mobile and businesses more distributed, making national borders less relevant. While a large proportion of IoT and M2M devices may be fixed in nature (such as remote monitors or smart meters that automatically communicate with the utility company) in order for IoT device manufacturers to obtain economies of scale and remain competitive, identical units have to be deployed in different countries and jurisdictions. Each of these often have differing requirements for regulatory compliance