According to most analyst estimates, some 75-80 billion connected devices are expected by 2030 – that is 7-8 connected devices per human being. New offerings will be driven by advancements in IoT technologies such as eSIM, which not only massively streamlines manufacturing and logistics’ processes for global or multi-national deployments, it ensures affordable, local coverage for devices out of the box.
With the rapid adoption of IoT, the possibilities of what an organisation can build are limited only by its imagination and the platform it uses. While imagination is the responsibility of the enterprise, IoT service providers are developing platforms to facilitate the big ideas of today and tomorrow.
A forward-thinking IoT platform is designed with an infrastructure that goes beyond just connectivity management to include features such as network services, security management services, and enterprise and cloud applications. It should be both open and scalable. Organisations should benefit from open API access that supports agnostic application enablement and rapid delivery of new applications, providing unparalleled levels of flexibility with no need to ever modify source code. These platforms need a scalable, future-proofed foundation to grow, manage, and meet increased demand.
In addition, forward-looking platforms should be powered by multiple modular “technology engines” that each play a unique role in facilitating the next generation of services. To best serve the unique needs of each organisation, engine functionalities should include:
The micro-services architecture of tomorrow’s IoT platforms will also facilitate the individual deployment of each engine. For example, the aforementioned integration and workflow engine will be able to deliver a normalised and templatised interface to cellular carrier platforms, which is a key component of managing switchable eSIM profile provisioning. This functionality would also help organisations address “bring-your-own-carrier” scenarios as a licensed software deployment. Another example would be using a network intelligence engine to understand device behaviour from network metadata.
Fundamentally, the modular foundation of tomorrow’s IoT platforms should be powered by modern, world-class technologies that are the best fit for the function each engine delivers. This gives organisations the advantage of knowing that they are able choose the engines and services/APIs they need, and enables the addition of features and functions at will over time, without fear of technology obsolescence or scalability issues.
To meet the changing needs of IoT enabled organisations, tomorrow’s platform should empower organisations to simplify IoT complexities and streamline solution deployments, while ultimately providing a “platform” for innovation and growth, allowing enterprises to build and deploy their own unique applications and services more quickly, and efficiently, and at a fraction of the cost.
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