Five steps to successful global IoT deployment: A guide

The multi-layered complexity of IoT services and ongoing challenges around global connectivity, data, and devices, has contributed to a large number of project failures, delaying the critical mass of IoT-connected ‘things’ predicted in earlier years. But IoT continues to promise rapid, hyperscale growth, super-boosted profit, and reinvigorated market potential to those organizations who embrace the right technologies, processes, and strategies that will put an end to previous project failures.

Five Steps to Successful Global IoT Deployment: A Guide
The complexity of multiple layers of IoT services and the ongoing challenges of global connectivity, data and devices have contributed to many project failures and delayed the critical mass of IoT-connected “things” predicted in previous years. However, IoT continues to promise rapid, hyperscale growth, super-increased profits, and increased market potential for organizations that adopt the right technologies, processes, and strategies to end past project failures.
Invest in device design, prototyping, and pre-deployment testing
IoT is here to stay with billions of devices active today. But now again, it’s clear that many deployment complexities are being addressed. In fact, Cisco Systems has found that more than 75% of IoT deployments fail, and Microsoft estimates that 30% of IoT projects fail at the Proof of Concept (POC) stage. The starting point for success is planning for the various technical hurdles and costs associated with long device development cycles. For example, prototyping devices can introduce long delays – up to 18 months – and if device design decisions need to be made too far out, the development cycle is often broken at the expense of innovation.

This is the first major point of failure for IoT companies due to the “missing” inability to be first to market and unacceptable limitations to creativity. Equipment design must take into account the need to standardize and simplify manufacturing and deployment and “versioning” of equipment to meet specific global market requirements, versus productivity. Instead, devices must be future-proof, with IoT devices having a stock storage unit, a SIM card, and suitable for global deployment. Additionally, when starting an IoT project, it is important to fully assess and understand the potential technical limitations and risks related to the project requirements and how the service device will be used.

The type and configuration of IoT devices and associated connectivity solutions will affect the build, so making the right purchasing decisions early on in a project is critical to its long-term success.

The key to success is making sure your device performs in a predictable manner. Devices must not only connect to any network but also automatically adapt to network differences and stay connected.

During five or ten (or more) years of deployment, unexpected events can affect your devices. For example, new legislation may restrict roaming in a certain geographic area, a mobile operator may shut down a critical service, or network performance may be reduced. IoT connectivity integration services should include a rigorous process to ensure proper device connectivity before critical stages of your project are reached.

Choose the right partner to connect with
Navigating fragmented IoT technologies, global geography, and industry regulations and standards all pose significant connectivity challenges and create many complex considerations.

First, considerations of the early connectivity environment or the use of cellular, low-power or satellite technology and the availability of coverage must be made at the outset, during device manufacturing.

Second, the complexity of working in a fragmented global network of many mobile network operators (MNOs), with inflexible contract terms and different standards, permanent roaming restrictions (so global coverage is not commercially feasible), all mean that economies of scale are not available to businesses. outside the larger connection providers. All of these have proven to be costly challenges to operational efficiency and major barriers to global IoT innovation over the past decade, making companies wary of moving to large-scale deployments, especially with carrier diversity in mind…

Easy-to-use, ubiquitous global connectivity has been lacking until now, but it now enables companies to overcome these limiting conditions and remains the foundation for successful large-scale global IoT deployments. he came’. The rise of the Integrated Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC), which opens up multiple SIM profiles and enables seamless network switching, has revolutionized the industry and promises a bright and expansive future for global IoT deployments.

Enable scalable data management and analysis
As the core value of IoT services, data, the process of transferring it to the cloud, and extensive analytics and security functions must come together to deliver the IoT promise of analytics and action. However, managing the volume and speed of hyper-scaled data can be challenging and expensive. It is easier to perform analytics on well-managed data, where only the most relevant data is stored and analyzed, and easier to guarantee because anomalies, fraud, and attacks are more clearly identified. It is also easier to ensure that data for time-specific services that require immediate action are treated as a priority.

As IoT services will be underpinned by exabytes of data, it is important to ensure that outputs match inputs and that costs are not wasted, which can only be achieved by carefully managing supplier relationships.

Design-safety as part of a holistic strategy
The security of a successful IoT deployment is fundamentally based on four main factors: tamper-resistant physical hardware with an embedded SIM card that is write-protected with no programming interfaces and no debugging code; application security enabled by Transport Layer Security (TLS) and HTTPS; network security via GSM network or VPN security; and sideband security, for example via SMS.

A common failure of the IoT is that security strategies are approached backward and retrofitted to devices and related systems in post-production when in reality the best security should be designed – from the ground up. With over-the-air (OTA) and zero touch functionality, the device simply connects to the service provider and downloads the security certificate at startup. This is not only more secure but also means that security certificates do not need to be assigned manually. Security can also be strengthened and updated if needed through OTA software.

Plan for flexible device management
One of the biggest challenges to successfully deploying IoT is that it is increasingly difficult to manage at scale, and organizations need to better understand the cost and resource impact of large volumes of devices. Deciding whether connected devices can be rolled out to many fragmented regions and whether the device will work in its current format across all geographies or whether versioning comes into play are all critical. So organizations must design for growth from the start, with the flexibility to scale quickly if the service is successful. This is where visibility and control of the entire health of devices, connections and data is essential, with potential issues ranging from predictive maintenance to more immediate error detection.

Control through automation is a key component of IoT success. Organizations should focus on using IoT-managed services suitable for success at scale from the start of a project to ensure it runs smoothly to realize benefits and reduce time to market…