Microwave radio technologies in the context of IoT

132018 June

Industrial IoT has developed closely alongside consumer IoT goods and now is here to change the industrial applications as we know them. Experts predict that there will be more than 24 billion IoT devices on Earth by 2020.

One of the biggest breakthroughs in the last few years have been wireless, low power wide area networks (LPWAN) that have fostered the development of wireless sensor networks and industrial IoT applications overall.

Currently, several technologies are battling for the top spot on the LPWAN throne, such as LoRaWAN, SigFox, Ingenu, Weightless, NB-IoT, and others. Countless companies offer their IoT solutions based on one or several of these technology standards and present their IoT vision. The competitive landscape of the market helps drive innovation and decrease costs, however, it also means there is some uncertainty about the future of technical development of the market.

This is a rare time in IoT history where we have a small window of opportunity to make the right decision and adapt universal standards. The alternative future looks grim, demanding IoT manufacturers countless lists of compliance for each country where they wish to expand their business.

And for those who seek custom solutions catered to industry-specific requirements a growing ecosystem of niche players running proprietary protocols are also emerging. No doubt that in some time as the turbulence settles a leader will emerge and the market will mature. However, it is likely that solutions using other technologies will coexist and will be able to offer more benefits to a specifically tailored vertical.

Wireless IoT sensor systems can be used to measure anything from temperature and humidity to motion and pressure, therefore being applicable for a variety of industries such as horticulture, HVAC, agro-food, logistics, building management, production and many others.

The new streams of real-time value data provided by the sensors can give new insight into the inner workings of the existing processes, their effectiveness, and faults. The historical data collected over time can be a great resource for improving decision-making procedures, process optimization, and automation.

Microwave technologies play a key role in facilitating implementation of new, innovative IoT solutions and fostering the development of Industry 4.0.

Microwave technologies are the backbone of IoT technologies. That is why, as experts with more than 20 years of experience in this field, SAF has developed Aranet – wireless IoT monitoring system for industrial use. Wireless data transmission enables ubiquitous communication between the sensor systems. These new microwave technologies enable optimizing cost, size, power, and performance while minimizing environmental impact.

Ultimately, industrial IoT systems are here to stay as demand for such solutions will continue to grow. The industries will continue to leverage such technologies to simplify data sharing and gain data-driven insights, improve industrial processes and minimize costs in the future.

Have any questions? To learn more contact me or visit www.aranet.com

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Vizma Bramane

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