Is your network ready for the Internet of Things?

Posted on November 16, 2017

Is Your Network Ready For The Internet Of Things

By the year 2024, the Internet of Things (IoT) market in the manufacturing field is slated to grow to $150 billion USD. Even outside of this sector, the IoT has the power to make your processes more efficient and profitable. With all of the information that networked devices can tell you, you have the knowledge to see what needs to be changed, and it’s all available in real-time.

However, not every company can reap the benefits of IoT. Your network has to be ready to handle a multitude of connected devices, as well as all of the information that will flow across it. For many firms, that isn’t the case.

Read on to learn what steps to take to ensure your network is IoT-ready, so that you can stay competitive, agile, efficient, and profitable.

What signs of iot readiness should you be looking for?

The data that connected devices transmit across networks isn’t different than regular IP traffic. So, from that standpoint, your network shouldn’t need any tweaking. However, that’s not the whole story.

What is problematic will be the growth in the number of endpoints connected to the network. All of those devices and sensors have their own IP addresses. Unless your network is IPv6, it won’t be able to accommodate all of those endpoints.  

Moreover, many IoT apps require real-time data to function properly. That means your network can’t afford to experience any outages, and by extension, your provider would need to guarantee that you would have near-perfect levels of uptime.

Some IoT applications don’t need to be connected to the network all the time, though. Take environmental sensors, for example. They spend most of the time offline, then briefly connect to the network to send information back to the user. Your network needs to be able to handle the constant fluctuation of connection and disconnection.  

These are factors you need to consider when assessing your current network performance. If your network is slow or prone to outages with a small number of connected devices, you will undoubtedly run into problems if you want to scale upwards.

So, how do you prepare your network for IoT?

The first step is finding a partner who can help transform your network into an IoT-ready one.

But what should you be looking for in such a partner?

Your best choice is a firm that owns its own networks. When that’s the case, you don’t have to worry about outages or other problems, because the network provider has a vested interest in ensuring that its networks are fully operational.

Additionally, there won’t be any kicking the can down the road—you won’t be shuffled from service rep to service rep, constantly hearing, “Well, that’s not my problem. I can’t fix it.”

You also want a partner who’s easy to deal with. Many providers force you to do business with three different business units. Who needs that headache? Choose a network provider where everything is under one roof—you want to deal with one account manager and a single business unit. And you want that account manager to be highly responsive. When there’s a problem with your network, even a few hours can cost you thousands of dollars.

Vocus: your partner

If you want to know whether your network is ready for IoT, contact the Vocus team today. We can help you kickstart your transformation. Contact us by calling 1800 031 009.

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