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Providing Better Roaming Services with IoT
Mobile devices are ubiquitous. They are present in everything from cars to homes and beyond. Soon, these mobile devices are going to share the same network as phones. With billions of connected devices, managing them is going to be a difficult task. Organizations are putting in effort to solve this problem by introducing new products to connect and control the wider Internet of Things (IoT). When it comes to connectivity, roaming is one of the biggest challenges faced by the developers. Roaming globally while connecting devices to one network are expensive and international data costs can quickly add up. Phones equipped with the newest technology can solve this issue, but adding extra hardware and software is a hassle for users.
Cloud computing companies have introduced a new product called Super SIM. This product uses multi-IMSI support to automatically detect and switch to the most appropriate operator taking advantage of local rates. As the company uses software and number of appropriate operators, it’s simple to update according to new partners and new roaming arrangements. All the company needs to do is add new IMSI information to its SIMs. Super SIM is the technology that provides connectivity to the most cost-effective operator. The connectivity is backed by cloud service to manage and the control the SIMs. Combining cloud and mobile technology gives telecommunications and cloud companies heaps of debugging information and better internet access by managing APNs associated with an IMSI.
The Super SIM resolves mobile connectivity issues for IoT hardware. However, all IoT systems don’t require a full IP connection. Companies have developed a programmable wireless technology called Narrowband LTE standard. This technology uses a narrower set of frequencies to handle low-bandwidth connections. It saves battery life for mobile devices because it is a set of protocols that work together. Bandwidth requirement is significantly reduced as it supports non-IP protocols.
Additionally, it is easier to set up and tear down connections. Putting all this together elongates battery life. A simple IoT device with a singular task of sending of sending alerts can run up to ten years with just two AA batteries. A Narrowband LTE low-cost radio provides cheap connectivity and encourages developers to add sensors to devices that were expensive to monitor. There are other technologies such as LTE-M which builds on familiar LTE hardware and higher bandwidth services. It requires costly radio hardware as it built around a complex radio environment.