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Implementing Cellular IoT Solutions for Digital Transformation

By : Dennis McCain
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Implementing Cellular IoT Solutions for Digital Transformation

By: Dennis McCain

Overview of this book

Even if you’re an IoT technology manager with a sound understanding of wireless local area network technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you may face many unique challenges when implementing a wireless wide area network (WWAN) IoT solution with cellular technologies with respect to choosing the optimal IoT device, cellular connectivity, and architecture. To help you overcome such roadblocks, this digital transformation book guides you in implementing a robust, end-to-end cellular IoT solution using best practices for all aspects of managing the IoT solution. Starting with an introduction to the top IoT markets and solutions in the context of an enterprise’s digital transformation, this book will show you how this leads to cost savings and new business models. You’ll grasp all you need to know about the IoT system components, life cycle, and best practices for implementing an IoT solution. While the book explains all the leading IoT wireless technologies, the focus is on LTE and 5G cellular technologies. With a review of real-world cellular IoT solution case studies and future IoT trends, you'll be ready to work with wireless IoT technologies, devices, and architectures. By the end of this book, you'll be able to identify the best wireless technologies for your IoT use cases and successfully implement cellular IoT solutions addressing key issues in the solution life cycle.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Part 1: Entering the World of the Internet of Things
Part 2: Deep Dive into Cellular IoT Solutions
Part 3: Cellular IoT Solution Life Cycle and Future Trends

Lessons learned

The key lessons learned from these case studies can be categorized into three main areas:

  • Piloting the solution
  • Device management
  • Life cycle management

One of the lessons learned from deploying both the Connected Cooler and Smart Label IoT solutions is to spend time on testing and piloting before launching the solution.

Piloting the solution

In the case of the Connected Cooler solution, we initially tested less than 50 devices in the field with Connected Cooler IoT devices retrofitted to coolers that were already deployed in the field. This initial testing was less than 6 months before the solution was launched, with over 60K shipped in the first year. With the launch, Connected Cooler devices were installed in coolers by the cooler manufacturers in their factories before shipping the coolers to retail stores. Within a few months of the product launch, we found several firmware issues on the Connected Cooler device. Most of the issues were...