By Published On: May 29, 2024

The Future of Cellular IoT: Unlocking the Potential of Connected Devices

In today’s digitally connected world, the Internet of Things (IoT) is a driving force behind transformative change. With over 16.7 billion IoT devices currently in use worldwide, we’re witnessing an unprecedented level of connectivity. Among these, cellular IoT connections play a pivotal role, numbering over 3+ billion and projected to exceed 6 billion by 2030. But what exactly is being connected, and how will cellular IoT evolve? Let’s explore what’s next for cellular IoT!

The Expanding Universe of Connected Devices

Cellular IoT is revolutionizing various sectors by connecting an array of devices. Some examples include:

  • Smart Cities: Enhancing urban living with connected infrastructure.
  • Connected Cars and Fleets: Improving transportation efficiency and safety.
  • EV Charging Stations: Facilitating the transition to sustainable energy.
  • Robots and Drones: Automating tasks and expanding operational capabilities.
  • Smart Farming Solutions: Optimizing agricultural production.
  • Health Tech: Innovating patient care and medical procedures.
  • Payment Technology: Streamlining transactions and financial services.
  • Industry 4.0: Advancing manufacturing and industrial processes.

The Role of Cellular Technology

Cellular networks are known for their extensive coverage, but different use cases may require alternative technologies that offer better bandwidth or coverage. For instance:

  • LoRaWAN: Ideal for long-range, low-power applications.
  • Satellite LEO and VLEO: Providing global coverage for remote areas.
  • Bluetooth: Suitable for short-range, high-data-rate applications.

Leveraging AI and Machine Learning

The integration of AI and machine learning is making data collection from IoT devices more useful for businesses. With advances in data analytics, organizations can now harness insights from vast datasets to drive strategic decisions.

Beyond GPS Tracking and On/Off Control

Cellular IoT is no longer just about use cases such as GPS tracking and remote control. Connected devices are becoming more sophisticated:

  • Enhanced Capabilities: Devices can perform complex tasks and store substantial data.
  • Remote Operation: Devices can be piloted from afar, expanding their utility.
  • High Data Scenarios: Devices requiring low latency, high-throughput, and always-on connectivity benefit most from cellular technology. Examples include mission-critical BVLOS drones, video streaming, autonomous robots, and fleet management (telematics).

Carrier Innovations and New Solutions

Private (On-Prem) Networking

Carriers are building private networking solutions to provide local compute resources wirelessly:

  • Faster Access: Facilitating rapid data access with a hybrid on-prem experience.
  • Data Management: Ideal for scenarios where high bandwidth is required, such as an airplane’s black box data communication with airports.

Cellular networks offer more spectrum than WiFi, but private networks are preferred in specific scenarios due to their reliability and security.

Mobile Edge Compute Services

Mobile edge computing brings compute resources like CPUs, NPUs, and GPUs closer to end-user devices, reducing reliance on cloud services:

  • Collaborative Partnerships: Companies like Nvidia with Verizon and AWS with T-Mobile are leading advancements in this area.
  • Enhanced Bandwidth: Technologies like mmWave and beamforming offer improved bi-directional bandwidth, though they may not support roaming services.

Network Slicing and Programmable Radio Networks

Network slicing allows for programmable radio networks, optimizing performance for specific use cases:

  • Dynamic Allocation: Example applications include managing drone operations in crowded areas such as a sports stadium.
  • 5G SA Networks: Necessary for effective network slicing, offering tailored network experiences.

The Emergence of Direct-to-Satellite IoT

Satellite IoT connections are expected to grow significantly, reaching 22 million by 2027. This groundbreaking integration allows for direct-to-cellular communication via satellites, opening new possibilities for IoT:

  • Strategic Partnerships: Collaborations like AST and AT&T, T-Mobile and Starlink, Globalstar and Apple are driving innovation in this space.
  • Credential-Based Access: Direct2Cell is available to users with credentials from integrated networks.

Choosing the Right Suppliers

When selecting IoT connectivity vendors, companies should consider future use cases to avoid limitations in roaming functionality, performance, or network entitlements. A genuine eSIM platform, like TEAL, enables IoT companies to leverage multiple innovations within a single product, streamlining the onboarding process across various carriers.

As cellular IoT continues to evolve, its impact on industries and everyday life will only grow. From enhancing urban infrastructure to revolutionizing healthcare and transportation, the possibilities are endless. By staying informed about the latest trends and technologies, you can position yourself at the forefront of this exciting field. Find out how eSIM from TEAL can help your business.

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