Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, softwares and sensors which enables these devices to connect and exchange data. It has revolutionised modern day living. IoT module is a small electronic device that makes it possible for us to connect virtually any device to wireless networks. For you to benefit the most out of them, you need to select one that fits your needs the best.
IoT modules can be embedded into devices or equipments of your choice, connecting them to wireless networks, helping you send and receive data. In many ways, they are just like your mobile phone but without a display screen. Since IoT applications need to automatically send and receive data, they provide ‘always on’ connectivity, unlike consumer devices.
IoT devices are often deployed in demanding environments with extreme temperatures, vibration and humidity— like shipping containers and harbours. This often results in it being cost prohibitive to send a technician out for repairs. Thus necessitating the modules be made as rugged as possible to ensure reliable connectivity without downtime, regardless of the location or wireless network in which it is being used. For their expense to be justified, they have to be durable enough to continuously last at least a decade.
Designing IoT solutions
IoT solutions are generally built keeping in mind the customer’s needs. Large-scale projects connecting thousands of global end points distinctly differ from those connecting only hundreds of devices. Smaller scale projects can use pre-designed and pre-certified IoT Terminals, conveniently providing plug and play connectivity saving time and development expenses.
IoT and its wireless technology
IoT modules and terminals make use of a variety of wireless technologies like 3G, 4G, 5G and Bluetooth to stay seamless and securely connected. However, most IoT solutions don’t need high speeds and expansive bandwidth, with 2G capabilities being more than enough. Unfortunately, 2G networks are now not supported everywhere.
Selecting the right wireless technology for you, with the best features, bandwidth and price point is important towards achieving your business and revenue goals. It may seem daunting at first, but experienced OEMs and developers can help you find the best match.
4G networks can be converted to LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) with a simple software upgrade. LPWAN, while connecting a whole host of IoT objects, improves your efficiency and management by cutting costs more than 50%, consuming 100X less power than LTE, giving you more than 10+ years of battery life and offering 5X greater coverage.
Not only is this a much less complex design, it also results in longer range connectivity and significant cost reductions when compared to LTE.
The right IoT module for any case
Going with the right IoT module will ease your development work saving you lots of time. You must however do your due diligence in selecting the necessary features for your solutions to efficient and effective. The features you choose must be at a price point that make sense for your business. While it may be easy to do so when operating over a smaller geographical area, the decision becomes more complex when you’re introducing a product in one region and expanding to other world regions.
Some features may cost you more upfront, but will simplify solution design and save you money and time in the long run. Having smart migration paths to next generation technologies can help you cut costs over a long period of time. It’s always wise to focus more on saving in the long term than in the short term.
IoT at Hashtaag™
At Hashtaag™ we strive to stay ahead of the curve, we have been working on various future read technology and IoT is one among them, we have had the privilege to be exposed to various challenging requirement. An interesting requirement that we came across was that of a unique wearable device that was built with keeping in mind the safety of elderly , women and kids with SOS features to connect with loved ones in case of emergency.
We have been working on healthtech domain in which through the wearable device that patient wear we are able to monitor and predict the possibility of cardiac risk and alert them in due time.
We are working with a company from bay area who is a leading provider of Package Lockers and Delivery Management Solutions. They offer refrigerated package lockers, parcel lockers with secure 24/7 access, smart package lockers, mailroom software, and more. Designed for residential apartments, commercial buildings, student housing, hotels, hospitals etc
Our team is also working on an inhouse NFC based smart card payment system that will revolutionise the way payments are made in parking lots, tolls, metros etc.
WHY CHOOSE Hashtaag™
IoT is rapidly developing area of technology. Hashtaag™ extensive experience in developing software and the team that is evolving with the technology, which makes us the best bet for any of your IoT needs.
Do you have an IoT business idea and need help developing it ? Get in touch with our team today to find out more.