Last two decades saw the emergence and evolution of two of the most exciting technologies, Internet and mobile. Internet is becoming more accessible through mobile devices due to evolution of wireless technologies (2G, 3G and now LTE).
The International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that 3.2 billion people, or 44% of the world’s population, will have access to the Internet in 2016. Of this number, more than 2 billion will be using mobile devices to do so.
Rapid growth in Internet access is taking place around the world with India, China, and Indonesia leading the way. This is changing the way we communicate, share data and experiences, shopping, banking etc.
There is a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data, in turn controlling the Things using Internet of Things (IoT). The vision of the Internet of things (IoT) has evolved due to a convergence of multiple technologies, including wireless communication, real-time analytics, machine learning, commodity sensors, and embedded systems. Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020.
Altran is dedicated to solve its clients’ challenges in their endeavor to connect the world, improve lives, and build a better future. Altran has already been rated in the leadership zone for IoT Technology Services Rating by Zinnov.
The Typical IoT framework looks like:
Refer to Altran’s IoT Framework for more information.
As the adoption of IoT evolves and number of devices grows from few millions to billions, it will have an impact on the infrastructure, standards and business models throughout the entire communications and IT ecosystem.
Early adopters visualize the following challenges in IoT:
- Standardization of the protocols used
- Storage of large amount of data captured by the end devices
- Communication of the end devices with the gateways/servers
- Availability of spectrum for connecting large number of devices at high speeds
- Security and privacy threats
Altran is one of the early adopters of IoT technology and dedicatedly serves its clients to solve the challenges listed above. The challenge of the communication between end-device and the server can be solved by adopting LTE as the communication layer of the IoT framework shown above. LTE is the 4th Generation wireless technology with an all IP architecture. The high adoption rate of LTE has given rise to new business opportunities not only for service providers but also for device makers.
LTE has following advantages which makes it better suited to solve the communication challenges of IoT.
- LTE’s all-IP architecture makes it ideal for IoT applications
- LTE provides built-in security along with robust and scalable traffic management capabilities.
- Since LTE is significantly more spectrally-efficient, transporting data over a LTE network can be done at a much lower cost per bit.
- LTE chipsets and modules with ultra-low power consumption are perfect for the low cost end devices.
Altran is a leading LTE solution provider and provides enough customization options to suit the customer’s requirement.
The Internet of Things market is continuously evolving and changing. Key players in the communications industry are gearing up to capture early market share with their own frameworks, platforms, solutions etc.
It will be interesting to see how the IoT standards and market shapes up. LTE (LTE Advanced and LTE Unlicensed (LTE –U)), once both macro and small cells are deployed, has the bandwidth, speed and security features to solve the challenges created by IoT deployments.
The chipset vendors are already working on IoT-friendly LTE chipsets, which will help in LTE device development and flexible solutions which are efficient and low cost.
Altran is the leading solution provider in Wireless technologies and IoT solutions and LTE product development and deployment. It also provides consultancy, design, engineering and testing services to its customers.