You don’t have to be a software engineer to understand the Internet of Things. Below you’ll find simple, non-technical explanations of key IoT concepts you need to know.
IoE vs. IoT: What’s the Difference?
Whether you’re an IoT manufacturer or simply exploring this ever-growing branch of modern technology, it helps to be familiar with IoE and understand how it differs from IoT. In this article, we’ll clarify the difference. But first, let’s take a closer look at each of these terms.
What is an eSIM?
Traditionally, if you wanted to switch your cellular device's carrier you had to replace the SIM with one from the new carrier. With phones and tablets, this is a simple task. However, for thousands of remotely deployed IoT devices, swapping out SIMs is problematic, especially for devices with embedded SIM form factors that are soldered. In such cases, the SIM is stuck in the device.
What Is IoT Security? Risks, Examples, and Solutions
Any Internet-enabled device is vulnerable to being hacked and misused. In the age of the Internet of Things, there are billions of connected devices someone could use to access private data, spread malware, or even cause tangible harm.
5G IoT: Impact, Use Cases, and a Look Into the Future
What is 5G IoT? 5G IoT uses the most advanced cellular infrastructure and technologies to empower devices with reliable, high-speed data connections. It also introduces solutions to reduce interference, which is particularly important as the number of active IoT devices increases by billions every year.
What Is Remote Condition Monitoring? Benefits and Use Cases
Remote condition monitoring is a staple of industrial manufacturing. Heavy machinery failures are costly, disruptive, and can cause injury or death. Remote condition monitoring has become a go-to solution for reducing these failures and improving safety. The more expensive, mission-critical, or dangerous a piece of equipment is, the more essential remote condition monitoring becomes.
An Overview of the IoT Tech Stack
Even the most basic IoT devices need a range of technologies to function. Sensors, actuators, and computers use software to transmit data through a network to another device or application and vice versa. Collectively, this technology is known as the IoT stack—and it looks different for every IoT device.
What Is Cellular IoT? Simple, Global Device Connectivity
Cellular IoT uses cellular networks to connect physical devices to the Internet. The same cell towers that provide service to your smartphone can connect heavy machinery, security systems, hospital equipment, asset tracking systems, and billions of other devices to the internet. Cellular connectivity enables these devices to transmit and receive data, so end users can remotely monitor, analyze, and control them.
What Is an IoT Gateway?
Some IoT devices, like smart meters, are often so distributed that they’re difficult to access, and they need to last for many years in the field. So manufacturers give them minimal capabilities and optimize them for maximum battery life. In cases like this, an IoT gateway enables the devices in the field to remain secure throughout their lifecycle and communicate with the utility provider’s analytics and billing applications.