IoT solutions go much more beyond simply connecting a device to the internet. Many IoT solutions tie together hundreds upon hundreds of devices. Some solutions require multi-technology connectivity or are in hard-to-reach areas, like underground or within structures.
Or solutions use different carrier relationships to support coverage if a device travels, such as the case with fleet and logistics solutions. What ends up happening in many IoT cases is managing multiple technologies, contracts, as well as billing, usage, and support systems.
Whether it’s an organisation utilising IoT, or an OEM selling IoT-enabled applications, managing the fractured connectivity required to have a well-functioning IoT infrastructure can be nearly impossible, which is why connectivity management platforms have become crucial in IoT.
An IoT connectivity management platform is a single user interface that allows organisations to monitor and manage IoT connectivity simply. A comprehensive platform will allow the ability to tie in all connectivity being used in an IoT solution.
The crucial, most centralised function of an IoT connectivity management platform is to keep devices connected to the network, thereby communicating data effectively. For example, a device may be traveling cross country or cross regionally and need to switch from one carrier to the next. By pre-provisioning carriers, the device should be able to switch networks seamlessly.
Many IoT connectivity management platforms are on the market, so it’s best to look for a platform that has the features that provide granular insight into an IoT connectivity ecosystem for the greatest control in both bringing solutions to market, managing deployments, and mitigating issues.
Device provisioning: A comprehensive platform will allow for real-time, single-click provisioning to various SIM lifecycle states including pre-billing, active, suspended, inactive, and terminated.
Usage monitoring: This tool allows for monitoring in real-time for both individual and pooled usage accumulation amounts with rule-based actions that include suspending, deactivating, or changing the rate plan of the subscription.
Diagnostics: This important function can provide real-time status of individual subscriptions, with a history of events provided with reset options, such as de-registering a SIM or issue device reset commands.
Network traffic monitoring: A crucial feature, network traffic monitoring supports cost management and fraud protection. Anomalous communications are flagged, while users can also monitor live traffic views.
Data visualisation and reporting: A key function of any connectivity management platform, views of data should be customisable dashboards to fit the user needs in monitoring data.
KORE ConnectivityPro is a connectivity management platform that offers all of these key features, as well as others including diagnostics, API library, and hierarchical account management.
ConnectivityPro supports connectivity from more than 24 global leading cellular and satellite connectivity providers. With this powerful, comprehensive connectivity management platform, organisations have detailed insight and advanced control over IoT connectivity.
Recently, ConnectivityPro won the 2021 IoT Evolution Product of the Year backed by TMC in conjunction with Crossfire Media. The award recognises the best and most innovative products and solutions powering IoT.
Check out the press release detailing the award and ConnectivityPro.
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