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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

An overview of IoT device types and use cases

To support the enterprise IoT markets described in Chapter 1, Transforming to an IoT Business, there are various IoT devices that could be selected depending on the specific use case. In general, IoT devices can be categorized into the following five categories, which cover most enterprise IoT use cases:

  • Serial modems
  • Routers
  • Gateways
  • Remote monitoring devices
  • Asset trackers

We will go into more detail on cellular (LTE) IoT devices in Chapter 6, Reviewing Cellular IoT Devices with Use Cases.

Serial modems

A serial modem is the most basic and common IoT device supporting many enterprise IoT use cases, where the interface to the monitored/controlled machine/appliance is one of the following standardized serial protocols:

  • Universal Serial Bus (USB)
  • Recommended Standard 232 (RS-232)
  • Recommended Standard 485 (RS-485)
  • Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI)
  • Inter Integrated Circuit (I2C)
  • ...