Poor infrastructure slows down the Internet of Things

Just when you thought the Internet was fast enough, along came the Internet of Things (IoT) with a few billion extra devices. Once again, we find ourselves operating at capacity and clamouring for bandwidth. With the rate of technological advance ever outstripping the speed at which infrastructure is upgraded, the issue isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.

Thingstream, the provider of Internet of Things connectivity solutions, expects to focus more heavily on infrastructure and data transmission issues next year to rekindle the stalled IoT trend.

“Many companies have the IoT topic at the top of the agenda. There are also some interesting examples of linking systems – mostly via cable, in WLAN or over expensive, mobile data networks, “reports Neil Hamilton, VP Business Development at Thingstream. However, with practical overall solutions for meaningful and affordable end-user applications, it still looks very meager, since there are still no sophisticated offerings of infrastructure and transmission technology.

Thingstream sees this as one of the biggest hurdles and central tasks of the automation and telecommunications industry in the coming year. The company is now seeing initial trial versions of IoT networks – both licensed and unlicensed. Long Range Wide Area Networks (LoRaWAN) and occasional use of NB-IoT and LTE Cat1M seem to be gaining in popularity, especially in projects such as Smart Cities. “However, it will take a long time for these types of connections to be mature and truly comprehensive,” explains Neil Hamilton. “I therefore assume that in the medium term, companies have to rely on different connection types – one of them will also be 5G.” In addition, Hamilton continued, the final specifications of these networks will not be adopted before 2019. The near future is therefore very unclear if one relies on these technologies. He advises companies to choose an approach that is independent of current offers.

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