By Tom Mills
Technology: not all 'things' are equal
The term ‘Internet of Things’ covers a wide variety of different connected devices. At Mobile World Congress this year, these ‘things’ being exhibited included thermostats, warehouse technology, wearables, and even the ubiquitous connected fridge.
With so many connected devices lumped together under the IoT banner, it is important to understand that there are marked differences between them in order to build the right communications network for the purpose.
Some devices are in a fixed place, such as smart meters, while wearables, for example, are constantly on the move. And while all connected devices will produce data, critical applications such as mHealth and smart utilities will produce more important data than activity trackers or some of the more outlandish proposals such as L’Oreal’s connected mascara.
There is no standard connected device, and understanding this is vital when it comes to rolling out smart utilities – for example, all countries in the EU must replace 80 percent of electricity meters with smart meters by 2020. Much of the success of these deployments will depend on the communication network.
For a smart meter project to be fully successful means selecting a proven communication network that will cover close to 100 percent of the population.