1. A strong IoT network architecture
Because IoT devices rely heavily on network connectivity, especially where edge computing is concerned, a strong IoT network architecture is essential to a winning IoT strategy. This network foundation often includes narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) as well as CatM1 radio connectivity that enables industrial applications, smart city functions like smart street lighting and even smart grid solutions.
A strong IoT network architecture goes beyond narrowband connectivity, however. A robust 5G network enables low-latency connections in cases where they are absolutely essential, such as mobile edge computing. These 5G links, in turn, can deliver transformative 5G and IoT edge computing innovations such as immersive augmented and virtual reality experiences, next-level logistics improvements that enhance supply chain delivery, robotics applications in industries like healthcare, and autonomous vehicles.
5G could also drive the rapid expansion of IoT on an unprecedented scale in the coming years. 5G is expected to be capable of supporting up to 1 million devices in a square kilometer, which will in turn enable businesses to deploy and manage IoT solutions on a far broader scale. 5G network architecture is also anticipated to ignite a radical increase in the number of connected devices and systems, generating a massive IoT comprising somewhere in the range of 55.7 billion devices across the globe by 2025, 75% (or roughly 40 billion) of which will be connected to an IoT platform.2