In 2011, the United Nations declared the internet a human right. According to the UN report published in 2011, blocking access to the internet was a human rights violation and against international law. So, this establishes one thing: internet access is your right and coffee shops in New York and other parts of the U.S should not be denying you this right.
Having said this — while filing a lawsuit against New York’s coffee shops for denying you your right may be a bit too much, you should definitely exercise your right and ask these shops for their Wi-Fi password. After all, being disconnected from the world, even for a fraction of a second, may cause you to lose money, business or both. Today, there are 3.5 billion internet users — that’s almost half of the world’s population. This is reason enough to stay connected to the internet 24/7.
Bringing Internet Connectivity to the World with Wireless Technology
Right now, the internet community is 3.5 billion strong and it has plans to grow even further. More than half of the world’s population does not have access to the World Wide Web but the world’s technology leaders are working to change this. The tool they’re planning to use to bring internet connectivity to the entire world is wireless technology.
Compared to landline networks, wireless technology is cheaper to extend to the remote corners of the world and enable on every street of the world. For this reason, Wi-Fi technology is the perfect tool to extend the access to internet: a human right, and breakdown economic and infrastructure barriers.
Why Wi-Fi is Crucial for IOT Deployments
The ubiquitous nature of Wi-Fi makes it ideal for IOT deployments. As it’s flexible and easy to connect to, Wi-Fi can be extremely useful for connecting sensors and other things which make up the Internet of Things (IOT). According to a recent report by Aruba, more than 50% of the companies in the U.S have already adopted the Internet of Things (IOT) and this number is expected to grow to 85% by 2019. To successfully deploy IOT, all the companies relied on wireless technology.
Just like fish cannot survive without water, IOT cannot survive without Wi-Fi. This is how important Wi-Fi is to IOT. Today, almost all enterprises have Wi-Fi. However, only a few of them have a network that can support a flux of IOT devices. For successful IOT deployment, a company’s network must fulfill the following requirements:
- Work to maximum capacity
- Support numerous applications
- Support various mobile and IOT devices
- Ensure network and device access security
Following are four IOT adopters and what they’re using the Internet of Things for.
To enable a smart workplace that drives work effectiveness and employee productivity, enterprises are using IOT to implement remote monitoring and indoor location-based services.
To increase visibility and business efficiency, the industrial sector is using IOT to track and maintain industrial functions.
The healthcare sector is using the Internet of Things to maintain equipment/system, track asset, monitor patients, while reducing costs.
To improve customer experience and boost sales revenue, retailers are using IOT to implement location-based services.
The Requirements for Successful IOT Deployment and How Wi-Fi can Help Meet Them
The following requirements need to be met for successful IOT deployment:
- Ability to evolve quickly
- Capability to easily manage and track the network
- Ease of connecting ‘things’ to the cloud
- Integration with existing systems and standardization
- Security challenges of an ever-expanding network
Wi-Fi can help meet each of these requirements.
Connecting Devices to the Cloud with Wi-Fi
Connecting IOT devices to the cloud is often a problem and many hardware vendors go to great lengths to ensure that devices connect reliably and securely to the cloud. There is a significant advantage of using Wi-Fi here. Without any additional gateway hardware or physical layer protocol bridges, Wi-Fi can connect directly with a secure key exchange. This helps minimize both cost and network architecture complexity.
Integration with Existing Systems
As Wi-Fi is a standardized technology, building an Internet of Things network over it is far less challenging than doing the same with other internet-connectivity options. After they incorporate Wi-Fi into their network, most enterprises will not find any difference between HaLow devices and existing IP. This means that integrating the new Halow standard will be simple. Additionally, as Wi-Fi can be leverage in IOT, scaling network becomes easy, which makes Wi-Fi ideal for future expansion.
Overcome Security Challenges
Though Wi-Fi alone cannot meet the security and policy extensions in IOT strategies, it can easily integrate with options such as cloud management and software-defined networking (SDN) to enable them across the network and that too from a single central management platform.
In addition to ensuring the network’s security, SDN and cloud management helps reduce the time required to market and new features. Additionally, they help optimize performance and enable administrators to track and manage the network on a continuing basis.
Wi-Fi’s ubiquitous nature helps simplify global roll out and certifications. This in turn ensures adherence to standards for consistency. The amortization of the R &D effort in consumer applications is another benefit of this. This helps reduce the overall cost for chipsets, silico etc. For this reason, compared to other similar technologies, Wi-Fi is a cost-effective solution.
Today, many companies are using Wi-Fi to implement the Internet of Things. The aforementioned- benefits of using Wi-Fi for IOT devices are just a few of the countless reasons Wi-Fi connectivity is crucial for successful IOT deployment. You may have not realized it yet – but without Wi-Fi, you will always be a step behind your competition.
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