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As IoT connectivity issues like scalability and compatibility make deployments more complicated, IT administrators must plan for the infrastructure necessary to support IoT initiatives.
FREMONT, CA: IoT connectivity plays one role in guaranteeing IoT technology connects with every other deployment element, but IT administrators must manage connectivity from the minor level of the device to the overall network and system infrastructure.
The objective of the Internet of Things is to collect, process, and transfer data from network edges to more centralized control systems, whether on individual departmental servers in the cloud or a central data center.
Connectivity in the IoT market defies industry standards and a one-size-fits-all strategy. Close-range connectivity alternatives like Bluetooth, which only connects IoT within a few feet of each other, or extensive connectivity options such as cellular, which may accomplish connectivity worldwide, may be used by organizations. Some enterprises may still use wired IoT connectivity for networks and independent machines.
With so many IoT services and connectivity options available, businesses must choose which strategy will offer them with the data throughput and range they require, the amount of latency they can accept, and the security and cost savings that can be accomplished with the IoT.
Address IoT connectivity challenges
Various enterprising startups occupy the IoT business without a clear standard of connectivity. Some IoT solution vendors have their own proprietary operating systems that are incompatible with others. The result might be a tangle of disparate IoT silos. Eventually, the company will need to connect all these devices for data transmission, and it may not be an easy task. IT administrators must assess device compatibility and collaborate with vendors who have taken the initiative to connect their products and services.
Several IoT devices come with security settings that aren't up to the company's requirements. Before installing devices, IT administrators must inspect and configure them to company specifications, including changing default passwords and enabling network segmentation. Even with these safeguards in place, more IoT devices and connectivity mean more security risks and exposure points.
Bandwidth and data throughput
As the remote workforce grows, businesses may find home workers in rural areas who must work with what is available for them, like DSL. If a company needs to collect vast volumes of data in the field, the data may need to be recorded and subsequently downloaded to a field office's local server. In such scenarios, IT must determine if adopting more expensive broadband is possible and cost-efficient and whether other connectivity solutions are more appropriate.