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Multi-network Iot Sim Cards For Reliable Global Coverage Awards: Reasons Why They Don't Work & What You Can Do About It
Insert an IoT SIM card into your device and voila, you have built-in network connectivity – your device can now interact over the IoT network by transmitting, receiving and manipulating the data collected by its sensors. Using IoT SIM cards to connect to the Internet of Things sounds simple enough, but what happens when your device is deployed in an area with uneven coverage? Or crossing the border to a neighboring country incurring expensive roaming charges? Unreliable connectivity can have disastrous consequences for remote or mission-critical IoT applications, so weighing the network coverage offered by different providers is essential. However, this is not the only factor to consider when choosing the right connection service provider. From affordable and flexible pricing to round-the-clock expert support, you need a provider that will enable your startup to grow and thrive. So how exactly do you go about finding the right IoT SIM cards for you and your application? IoT shared data plans In the world of the IoT, a regular SIM card – the kind normally used in a cell phone – is not mustard when it comes to future-proof solutions; It doesn't offer some of the critical functions that IoT SIM cards offer, which is key to the success of your IoT deployment. Take data usage as a prime example. In an IoT business model, it is not unusual for hundreds or even thousands of devices to be deployed at the same time, but not all devices will use the SIM card's data at the same rate. IoT connectivity providers offer bulk data plans that allow all connected devices equipped with M2M/IoT SIM cards to share a single data packet. That way, small, irregular and infrequent data transfers can be covered without your monthly bill fluctuating wildly. To lead or not to lead, that is the question For any IoT application that requires network coverage in a remote location or across multiple countries, the ability to roam between networks ensures data connectivity, which is crucial for your IoT devices. SIM card providers often offer routed and undirected roaming features, but which one is more beneficial for you? Directed network roaming Multinet connection is available only when it is not possible to connect to the primary network or a specific roaming network. The network you're forwarded to will depend on your deal - carriers tend to prefer roaming networks, which usually point you to the lowest cost network provider, but not necessarily the strongest coverage. Unrouted network roaming No primary network: IoT devices with multi-network SIMs will automatically connect to the closest (and strongest) signal in their location. Network-independent IoT SIM card users always ensure the best possible connection, by not 'switching' devices to the operator's preferred network when coverage is lost. While routed roaming will give you connectivity, it may not offer the strongest data connectivity, a scenario far from ideal in remote or critical IoT applications. Unrouted network roaming eliminates operator restrictions, meaning connection quality is never compromised and ensures maximum uptime for your IoT/M2M application. With network-independent IoT SIM cards, the ability to connect to the strongest signal available means your business will never lose track of its devices when roaming across borders or in areas with poor coverage. IoT SIM cards provide stable connectivity in remote or rural areas Finding reliable connections in remote areas can be difficult, to say the least. With sites located around network signals or in areas with high tree density, Arnia Remote Hive Monitoring knows this very well. Continuous data transfer is a critical part of bee monitoring systems and fail-safe connection can be interrupted. Network-independent connectivity solutions are essential for businesses deploying IoT devices in remote areas where stable connectivity from a single network provider is not guaranteed. Non-routing multi-network IoT SIM cards will automatically detect the strongest signal in the area and switch to an alternate network when coverage is lost. For businesses like Arnia Remote Hive Monitoring whose IoT initiative sees devices deployed in remote and rural areas, multi-network IoT SIM cards provide reliable connectivity that single-network IoT SIM cards cannot. Hand in hand: IoT SIM cards and reliable unlimited coverage Roaming capability with reliable global connectivity guaranteed is essential in today's increasingly international, interconnected world. For many industries using IoT applications, from Transport and Monitoring to companies like TAHMO whose network of weather stations collect climate data from the entire African continent, roaming is a lifeline for business success. Losing flexible network connectivity and falling prey to costly roaming charges is a well-known scenario as IoT devices are deployed across borders. However, non-routing global multi-network IoT SIM cards offer businesses the perfect connectivity solution: always the strongest data connection regardless of a device's geographic location and roaming for one flat fee. For industries that deploy IoT applications via mobile devices, agreements with global M2M network providers guarantee international network coverage and no bill surprises at the end of the month for a set fee. Enhance your application with Pod Group's Multi-Network IoT SIM cards For maximum network uptime for one flat fee regardless of location, international multi-network data SIMs are just the ticket. Pod Group's connectivity solutions can revolutionize your IoT/M2M application - with access to over 600 networks in 185 countries, our Multi-Network IoT SIM cards are the solution you've been looking for. An agnostic IoT connectivity provider with global network agreements, Pod's affordable and flexible data plans offer reliable worldwide coverage and network roaming for one flat fee. And with 24/7 expert support, we always have an experienced member of our team ready to help.
The Impact And Benefits Of Internet Of Things In Healthcare
A man with a heart condition must regularly track his pulse, blood pressure and other daily activity. An implanted device in his body accomplishes this from the comfort of his home and with minimal management. If the numbers look concerning, the device sends a message to his smartphone as well as to his physician. The cause — too much fast-paced walking — is diagnosed and fixed with no intervention. Throughout the entire process, the patient remains at home, never needing to pay an in-person visit to his doctor. No direct medical attention is ever needed. He is, therefore, spared the stress of transportation, waiting times, and unnecessary additional tests. This ideal medical situation is becoming a common one among all types of patients and is made possible by the Internet of Things (IoT). The Internet of Things — i.e., the web-enabled connection of everyday devices — has become increasingly common. Voice commands, automation and electronic interactions can accomplish daily functions that usually require manual human labor, from vacuuming the floor, sending emails, adjusting thermostats, or using Google. In 2011, before the smartwatch and fitness tracker entered the commercial market, the number of internet-connected devices worldwide outnumbered the people who possessed them. By 2020, the Federal Trade Commission predicts that there will be 50 billion internet-connected devices ranging from cars to toasters to pet monitors, cameras, and many others. By 2021, Tractica predicts that wearable devices will surpass 97.6 million. IoT’s prominence in our society is only going to increase. The IoT has had a particularly profound impact on healthcare, as has been demonstrated by The Allure Group. In July 2018, Allure became the first Brooklyn-based skilled nursing facility to implement EarlySense, a remote monitoring system that tracks patients’ vital signs and movements courtesy of sensors placed under mattresses and pillows. Since its introduction at the Bedford Center — one of six facilities in the Allure network — EarlySense has correlated to widespread results showing a 45% reduction in patient falls, a 60% reduction in bedsores, and an 80% reduction in code blue events. Bringing the IoT into medicine results in patient care that is better, safer and simpler. From medical device implantation to smart sensors, the IoT can expedite the delivery of healthcare, allowing physicians to spend less time on logistics and more time treating conditions and consulting with patients. The IoT is already making a positive impact on medical care in several ways. Check out our blog to read more!
Use of BLE Sensor in Location and Positioning
BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) is RF (radio frequency) technology that helps us track and detect the location of assets, devices, and people. This technology focuses on wireless communication and is suitable for various indoor positioning applications. Some of the application areas of a BLE sensor include proximity services, indoor navigation, and asset tracking, etc. Bluetooth technology is incredibly accessible and widespread and is a go-to technology for most modern-day devices. Like other protocols of communication including UWB and WiFi, we can also use BLE for transmitting data among devices via radio waves. BLE Temperature Humidity Sensor In today’s article, we will take a look at the evolution and use of Bluetooth Low Energy sensor technology. We will also take a quick look at Bluetooth Beacons and how BLE positioning works. BLE Sensor Technology Evolution With the invention of Bluetooth Low Energy technology, we experienced some fundamental changes to the worldwide Bluetooth ecosystem. After that, we saw hundreds of thousands of Bluetooth-supported devices entering the indoor spaces. Today, there are approximately 8 billion+ Bluetooth-enabled devices available globally. With the most recent Bluetooth-enabled tools and infrastructures, we now have many improved location-aware capabilities. After 2013, we saw the very first beacon BLE communication protocol by the Apple Company. Such devices made it possible to connect with wire-free devices at a close distance.  In 2015, Google also came with its first beacon protocol. It enabled the use of BLE sensor technologies, like location tags and tracking, for an assortment of indoor location and positioning services applications. It just transformed the way devices and people communicate with indoor areas. There is a continuous advancement in overall BLE communication protocol and such technologies. The new Bluetooth version 5.0 came in 2016. In 2019, we saw another upgrade known as Bluetooth 5.2 with better abilities. This update leads to highly precise and accurate location detection through DF (direction finding). This can result in accuracy of centimeter-level. BLE has unique characteristics, making it a highly popular RF technology for indoor location and positioning. This technology is rising in popularity and has become a must for many wireless devices. It is an easy to implement, low-cost, and low-power technology that is ideal for various location-based applications. BLE Beacons Bluetooth Low Energy beacons are low-power, versatile, and small Bluetooth transmitters that wireless devices can detect. We can deploy beacons in fixed locations like mounted on structures or walls, or on mobile for providing location references. It supports BYOD (bring-your-own-device) concepts which allow you to communicate with BLE-supported applications. You can use embedded devices or smartphones to interact with BLE-enabled applications. We can use BLE beacons to find the location of a device and provide relevant content, including apps, videos, documents, and more. BLE sensor technology also guides on the user’s location or time, keeping them engaged and informed. BLE beacons transmit signals regularly that other BLE-supported devices can detect. A Bluetooth Low Energy device collects beacons location data and pushes it towards the IPS for determining the location of the device. It supports several location-aware apps and also runs specific actions. Beacons are available in all sizes and shapes. Most beacons come with long-lasting batteries. These batteries can work for many years and you can power them via USB connections. When compared with other radio frequency technologies, BLE is usually a low-cost solution to produce. It requires low maintenance and is suitable for various deployments to meet your specific requirements. A few beacons can be beyond Bluetooth Low Energy and combine extra technologies, like temperature sensors or accelerometers for improved results. Virtual Beacons With virtual beacons, organizations can add Bluetooth Low Energy technology without extra hardware. Virtual Bluetooth beacons allow us to add antennas to supported WiFi access points. Moreover, you can also leverage them with extra software tools amid several indoor positioning apps. Most enterprise-grade WiFi access points like both sensors and beacons can locate and detect transmitting Bluetooth Low Energy devices. They do not require a secondary infrastructure set. How Does BLE Positioning Work? Indoor BLE positioning solutions utilize either BLE-supported beacons or sensors for detecting and locating transmitting Bluetooth devices, like tracking tags or smartphones. The location data received from a beacon or BLE sensor is then consumed by several location applications. This data helps in powering various multiple location-aware applications. 1. BLE Sensor Positioning BLE sensor positioning uses BLE-supported sensors deployed in the fixed position in an indoor area.  Such sensors locate and detect transmissions passively from BLE tracking tags, smartphones, wearable, personnel badges, and other PT devices. After that, this data is moved to the IPS or RTLS. A location engine examines this data and utilizes multilateration algorithms for determining the position of a transmitting device. You can use those coordinates for visualizing the asset or device location on indoor maps of the space. 2. Beacons BLE Positioning Bluetooth Low Energy beacons pulse out Bluetooth Low Energy signals repeatedly. Surrounding devices, such as a BLE sensor and smartphone can detect these signals. Signals produced by beacons contain unique identifiers. Identifying codes are sent occasionally with other data, according to the communication protocol of the beacon. Wireless devices, such as smartphones will get and analyze signals from the BLE beacon when they are in the range. This detection between a device and one beacon allows for proximity-based positioning services. It is also possible to use multiple beacons in an indoor area to communicate between multiple beacons and one wireless device for positioning the device through RSSI multilateration. The device’s determined location triggers the unique action for many services or applications. We can also deploy BLE beacons on a mobile object. It is also possible to detect and locate BLE beacons via fixed BLE-supported sensors that will be helpful in an asset tracking case. The accuracy of  positioning varies according to the hardware selections, deployed sensor/beacon density, and system architecture. Both BLE beacons and sensors can provide location accuracy within five meters range. Bluetooth relies on RSSI (signal strength) for estimating device locations. Bluetooth Low Energy is not the most accurate radiofrequency technology at the moment for indoor location services. However, it is still known as the most demanded and highly effective technology. If you have any questions or ideas on the BLE sensor, leave us your comment below.
Significant Impact of COVID-19 on Cellular IOT in ICT Industry
COVID-19 Impact on Cellular IOT in Information and Communication Technology Industry The pandemic started with its epicenter in China in 2019 and has been continuously spreading by then to all over the world, so far 216 countries and territories have been affected with COVID-19, the U.S. being on the top with cases reaching about 4.38 million, followed by Brazil, India and then by many European countries such as Russia, Spain, Italy, and others. The COVID-19 cases reaching to the big named countries with strong dominance in the global market which has adversely affected the economy globally. The spread of the Corona virus has led to the global recession, many companies are being bound to take stringent actions of laying off their employees, small businesses are being shut, manufacturing facilities are being put on hold. There has been a disruption in the supply chain of many industries due to restrictions in logistics and the closing of manufacturing facilities. In addition, the slowdown in the economy has lowered the spending capability of individuals and people are saving money for emergencies. However, now almost in every country, the factories are started to reopen by taking some prevention such as 20% -50% employees on the field, social distancing, extreme hygiene measures, and others to support the economy. It is supporting the economy and helping to lower the recession rate at a certain level. The pandemic has boosted the growth of the cellular IoT market. In response to the COVID-19 virus, many companies are moving towards working in a more virtual environment. This has placed a focus on organizations embracing collaboration tools and practices to support the virtual workplace. Organizations around the world are supporting the BYOD model (bring your device) to enable sales professionals to better serve their customers and prospects. Moreover, government mandate of work from home (WFH) policies has driven organizations to increasingly focus on more effective ways of engaging with customers in a remote working environment. Shifted focus towards work-from-home requires reliable connectivity and thus businesses will demand connectivity for monitoring and managing assets securely which in turn increases the demand for cellular IoT. The pandemic has exposed bottlenecks and inefficiency in the supply chains due to which businesses were leveraging cellular IoT for consignment and condition tracking to reduce revenue loss and improve product flow. Moreover, the broadband infrastructure all over the world upsurged due to a massive increase in video conferencing and video content streaming due to which cellular IoT becomes a key part of the new digitization era. For instance, · In June 2020, according to Telna whitepaper titled ‘The COVID-19 Impact on Cellular IoT’, new demand for cellular IoT following the pandemic could lead to over 11 billion cellulars IoT connections in the year 2025 IMPACT ON DEMAND The pandemic has boosted the digital transformation of industries; companies are focusing more on digital technologies to interact with their clients and customers. People are also more reliant on digital sources. The healthcare market is increasing rapidly in this pandemic. Cellular IoT (Internet of Things) in healthcare provides numerous opportunities that benefit both patients and businesses. It allows integrating and combining consumer and clinical data to create smarter and more meaningful connected consumer and care solutions and thus there has been increased o demand for cellular IoT in healthcare. As industries continue to push the boundaries of wireless technologies, new opportunities are opening for service providers within cellular IoT connectivity. Moreover, it was observed that the gradual spike in demand observed was due to the shift of consumers from traditional platforms to online digital platforms. Also due to lockdown and Covid norms, digitization and automation have become mandatory for any business. Providers need cellular IoT to provide their customers excellent experience to boost sales during this pandemic period. Also, providers need cellular IoT to analyze crucial consumer data and to drive insights for providing enhanced and personal customers experience and formulate effective marketing strategies to overcome the losses. IMPACT ON SUPPLY CHAIN The supply chain was adversely affected in the initial phase of the pandemic as lockdown prevailed in many regions globally, the government had limited the workers. Companies are making their operations work according to the government regulations by making limited workers work in different shifts. Industries were facing operational and supply chain disruptions, breakdowns, and labor shortages. Most cellular IoT providers have a large backlog of orders in hand due to chip shortages because of the disruption in the supply chain. However, now there is an improvement in the supply chain as most of the facilities and travel restrictions have opened and working in most optimum capacity. The companies are doing their best to meet the increasing demand. For Instance, · In May 2021, the chip shortage has affected the shipment volumes and profit margins of cellular IoT. Also, the global semiconductor shortage due to pandemic had affected some cellular module companies LONG TERM STRATEGY ADOPTED BY MANUFACTURERS OR STEPS TAKEN As the COVID-19 crisis continues to expand, makers would possibly face challenges on varied fronts. Producing firms would be searching for immediate measures to stay their workforces safe and their businesses solvent. Makers would conjointly have to be compelled to look on the far side of their economic viability. Because the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies, makers would possibly face continued pressure on demand, production, and revenues. They’d continuously face cash-flow liquidity challenges and difficulties in managing debt obligations. The pandemic has boosted the growth of the cellular IoT market. Thus, developers and providers were focusing on strategic decisions like partnerships, acquisition, product launch, mergers, and collaborations to meet the increasing demand in the Covid outbreak. For instance, · In April 2021, Bharti Airtel launched Airtel IoT, an integrated platform that would enable enterprises to utilize the power of the Internet of Things and prepare for the emerging era of connected things. It provides with the capability to connect and manage various devices and applications · In April 2019, AT&T launched its narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network across the U.S., to complement its LTE-M network along with high-speed cellular coverage. Some of the IoT use cases include programs such as smart meters and location tracking, as well as connected street lights and smart appliances CONCLUSION Pandemic has taken a toll on every aspect of life, including the global economy. With the significant downfalls in many sectors, a collaborative effort of government, industry players, and consumers can win the fight against COVID-19. It continues to inflict the world with appalling economic and social dilemmas, capable enough to leave severe backlash on the economy for the next several years. The first wave had already inflicted severe blows to the population as well as the economy. The currently experiencing second wave is expected to be more disastrous not only to the masses but also to ICT markets. However, COVID-19 boosted the growth of the global cellular IoT market due to factors such as an increase in IoT connections, growing support from the government toward IoT initiatives, shift toward remote working, adoption of 5G network, surging networking budgets in countries, and ongoing development in wireless networking technologies.
IoT Enabling The Next Gen Business Solutions
Since the inception of the internet the technologies are advancing to an all time high with leading business solutions development. IoT has played an important role in the technologies induction be it mobile apps, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain are all utilising the IoT technology to develop their leading solutions. As the internet of things is broadening its reach with development of not just software based solutions but also the hardware based developments are also taking place some of the examples of it are smart devices like smart watches, smart home devices which are utilising the software and hardware developments on IoT enabled devices. With new and better internet connectivity coming forward for the users like 5G it has become even more important for the businesses to prepare their services in accordance with the latest 5G networking standards such that the user is not shied away from the ultimate experience. With 5G integrated IoT development solutions businesses are working to upgrade their services and be ready for providing their clients with the best of IoT enabled solutions. It also becomes equally important to find out a leading IoT development company which enables the development of IoT services as an expert guidance allows you to consult well on the leading factors and help you to develop the best solutions as per your business requirements. Working with an organization helps you to establish a foolproof development strategy covering all the needs related to IoT application development. IoT is somewhat not just providing innovative solutions but also allowing the businesses to scale up the latest technologies to look out for advanced technological solutions. If you are looking for an IoT development company that helps you build the best of IoT solutions is HashStudioz Technologies which is a pioneer in IoT development and is allowing businesses to scale up their services with integration of Internet of Things. HashStudioz Technologies with its expert IoT developers and team that delivers leading IoT Solutions and how your business can build its IoT solutions with a better consultation and development strategy. To know more in details and find out the best of IoT development solutions connect at