A checklist to ensure reliable connectivity

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To ensure IoT connectivity, businesses today require robust network infrastructure and technical expertise to ensure network reliability.

Today the market offers a wide range of opportunities to fulfill connectivity needs. But it can be challenging to determine which meets your needs.

Therefore, this article provides insight into the factors you must control to deliver reliable connectivity to your IoT devices.

Ensure that your devices are always connected

In our technologically-driven world, our devices would become headless without connectivity.

For businesses, following the rise of IoT devices across strategic operations, a stable network is integral to guaranteeing the connectivity of all IoT devices whilst also providing reliable functionality to customers.

Delivering stability and reducing downtime is vital to organizations’ current and future performance.

However, for businesses, completely losing connectivity and access can mean the devices are hard to locate and, most importantly, affects the reliability and availability of the data crucial to operations that devices provide. Consequently, a lack of access can result in significant problems for any business.

Therefore, businesses must recognize the importance of a stable and reliable network. When a network goes down, the loss of data, connection to devices and the stability promised to customers can all affect a business’s bottom line.

The ability to shift networks is critical to reliability

However, amidst potential connectivity issues, the ability of devices to locate and move to stronger networks is crucial to the connectivity of IoT devices.

If one network becomes unavailable, then the device would be able to find another network that can ensure its connectivity never drops. However, the connection to a new network may cause difficulties.

For example, in some situations, you can remotely change devices to new networks. With a click of a button and no drop in connectivity or data loss. But at the same time, who knows if the new network can ensure stability and reliability? Will it break down like the previous network or provide an insufficient connection for your needs?

Furthermore, if you cannot manage the network remotely, it would require you to go and connect all devices to a new network manually. However, changing networks manually can create further challenges. It can result in operational inefficiencies because of delays, rising costs because of expensive labor, or the inability to fix a specific problem. As well as it increases the risk of the network breaking down or losing access to data.

Any changes to a new network come with inherent risks. One that could be highly damaging to your organization and its profitability. So, businesses must ensure IoT devices can transition smoothly to the strongest network dependent on need.

So how do you ensure reliable connectivity?

To deliver reliable connectivity, it is imperative that service can shift instantaneously to another network should it become unavailable. This speedy transition between different networks can ensure your IoT device’s connectivity never falters or require expensive action from manual alterations.

Your connectivity depends on the ability of your devices to roam for the strongest network and shift automatically once it has been located.

However, moving so fluidly between the best available network often requires access to multiple regional carriers. Therefore, it requires agreements with numerous operators within a country or region to ensure reliable service and the freedom to move between depending on need.

No matter where you are in the world

While every network can be prone to performance issues, large networks are especially susceptible because of the distance between base stations.

IoT devices depend on reliable network service to function correctly. If the network goes down, the devices linked to the network will also lose connection. Therefore, given how intertwined IoT devices are in businesses and their operations, everything can halt and lead to severe consequences through a lack of connectivity.

As a result, businesses must understand how location and distances can affect their devices and network connectivity to plan for future issues proactively.

Today, your connectivity shouldn’t depend on where you are. Even in rural areas, your devices should always be connected. If you cannot guarantee connection, then the loss of critical data can significantly impact the foundations of your business.

Furthermore, the inability to get to the location of the devices can also be problematic if you need to get the connection to the devices running again. So, your connectivity setup must be reliable from the beginning.

A checklist for a stable connection

Hence, to ensure stable connectivity, it is essential to have a checklist that covers all the critical aspects of the connectivity infrastructure, including:
  • Network coverage and signal strength
  • Device compatibility and support. There must be cohesion between the IoT devices and networks. You cannot expect a device to run if the network it relies on for connectivity is no longer operational
  • Network redundancy and failover mechanisms. Access capabilities to networks other than the leading carrier in a country or region. Alongside fail mechanisms to manage the transition between different networks
  • Data security and privacy
  • Scalability and flexibility
  • Data analytics and management
  • Support and maintenance

Following this checklist ensures that your connectivity infrastructure is stable, secure, and scalable. When you can deliver reliable connectivity to your IoT devices, your organization stands to benefit, whether leveraging your IoT data for better decision-making or improved operational efficiency, ultimately leading to higher profits.

Building smart connectivity is about reducing reliance on manual techniques and optimizing through automated processes.

Enterprises looking to improve their network setup and, thus, improve the reliability of their connectivity should analyze their current infrastructure and determine what changes they can make to provide a reliable connection.

Manual processes can cause operational inefficiencies and impact connectivity. And in terms of ensuring reliable connectivity, businesses must find solutions to rectify these issues.

This way, the fate of your business isn’t just in the hands of a single employee but supported by an unshakable system.

Deliver reliable connectivity and see your organization soar!

A slow, unstable network could result in huge downtime, frustrated employees and missed business opportunities.

Therefore, reliable connectivity is necessary for all businesses and their IoT devices. Access to a dependable network with maximum uptime correlates directly with an organization’s ability to remain productive, innovative, and competitive.

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