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5 Best Practices For Building An IoT Connectivity Strategy

Updated: Apr 17


As businesses continue to invest in the internet of things (IoT), it's essential to plan how you'll connect your devices. Here are five best practices to help you get started.


1. Define Your Goals & Objectives

When planning an IoT connectivity strategy, it is essential to define your goals and objectives. This will help you determine what type of connectivity you need, how you will achieve your goals, and which technologies best fit your needs.

Additionally, it is vital to assess the current state of your network and identify any gaps or weaknesses that need to be addressed. Once you clearly understand what you want and how you plan to achieve it, the next step is to select the right technologies and implement them strategically.

2. Evaluate your current situations

When it comes to IoT, there are a few things that you need to take into account before starting any connectivity projects.

The first is to evaluate your current situation and see what needs are being met. Once you understand what needs are being met, you can start looking at ways to improve the connectivity in those areas.

Additionally, it is important to ensure that your IoT projects are coordinated with other departments within your company so that everyone is working towards the same goal.


3. Choose the Right Connectivity Solution

There are various IoT connectivity solutions available, so it's important to choose the one that best suits your needs.

Some of the most common solutions are:

  • Cellular (3G/4G/5G)

  • Unlicensed Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs)Lora, Sigfox

  • Licensed Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) NB-IoT, LTE-M

  • Zigbee and Other Mesh Protocols.

  • Bluetooth and BLE.

  • Wi-Fi.

  • RFID.

It's also important to consider how you will use the connectivity solution and who will be responsible for implementing and maintaining it.

4. Configure Your Devices for Maximum Effectiveness and Security

To ensure a successful IoT deployment, it is essential to configure your devices for maximum efficiency and security.


Some tips to follow include:

  • Ensure that all devices are updated to the latest firmware and software versions.

  • Configure your devices to use strong passwords and security measures, such as two-factor authentication.

  • Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep up to date with the latest virus signatures.

  • Keep all devices connected to the internet at all times, using a secure connection.

  • Configure your devices to use the best available networking protocols.

  • Use secure networking protocols and configurations.

  • Use whitelisting and black listing techniques to restrict specific devices or networks access.

5. Test and Optimize Your Strategy

IoT connectivity is critical for the success of your IoT strategy. However, it's not enough to connect devices. It would be best if you also made sure those devices could communicate with each other and access the right resources.

  • Plan For Interoperability: Make sure your devices can communicate with each other and access the right resources. This means planning for interoperability and testing your devices to make sure they're compatible.

  • Choose Appropriate Protocols: Make sure your devices use the proper protocols, depending on the type of data they're sharing. For example, Bluetooth is a good choice for connecting low-power sensors.

Conclusion

When you deploy an IoT solution, it's critically important to have domain expertise on your team. That way, you can identify opportunities and challenges specific to your industry and business. By following these 5 best practices, you'll be well on your way to building an effective IoT connectivity strategy for your business.


 

Nassia Skoulikariti

Founder/CEO Apiro Data Ltd

Get in touch and let’s build something great together!

info@apirodata.com

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