[eBrief]  Growing the IoT:  From Networks to Devices

The internet of things has arrived, at least according to those on the front lines of the industry. Already personal fitness trackers and other wearables are becoming mainstream; wireless networks in some cases are connecting more things than people; and cities, industrial conglomerates and others are increasingly deploying smart applications leveraging sensors, networks and analytics.

But those in the IoT industry would also agree that the sector remains in its infancy. Most solutions in the space remain siloed, and a plethora of vendors continue to offer a wide range of disparate wireless networks, devices and solutions in an effort to lock customers into their respective technologies and platforms. Indeed, the fractured nature of today’s IoT market mirrors the early days of the internet itself.

The result is a handful of established IoT use cases and, in most cases, more questions than answers.

This FierceWireless eBrief will delve into this nascent but potentially explosive sector from the perspective of the networks connecting the IoT, and the devices leveraging it.

Part 1: The Networks. Today there are a large and growing number of wide-area networks targeted at the IoT. From Senet’s LoRa network to Ingenu’s Machine Network to AT&T’s LTE M network, the options available to IoT shoppers are growing by leaps and bounds. The situation raises two important questions: Which networks provide the best services, and which will stick around for the long haul?

Part 2: The Devices. IoT applications range from high-definition security cameras to wearable activity trackers to minuscule sensors that only need to transit a few bytes of data per day. How are service providers and device vendors tackling this wide range of needs, and how should IoT customers approach the device space?

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