Buy or Build an Industrial IoT Application?

We understand that our customers have different needs, our purpose is to identify those needs and find a solution of best fit to improve your business. Here’s an introduction to the build or buy decision process

Each step in Industrial IoT infrastructure design brings with it a bewildering array of platforms, processes and capabilities. One example is the addition of wireless capabilities to existing equipment. Should implementation teams do this quickly by buying an external gateway or build a wireless module into their devices? The latter will take longer but saves on capital costs and enables firms to further customise their functionality. There are many off-the-shelf gateway solutions designed for IIoT that support cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

In addition, manufacturers have a broad range of embedded wireless module portfolios to choose from, each offering their own security, industrial ruggedness and ease of integration features. 


Companies should consider several factors when deciding whether to buy an external gateway or embed wireless modules:


IronLink LoRa is an industrial Low-Power, Long Range LoRa® transceiver

with GPS capabilities. A Rugged LoRaWAN Development Board for challenging

applications. Integrated battery management, GPS and Fault Detection.

    A rugged solution to your IoT needs

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    If you need low-power connectivity for asset tracking or mass sensing applications the IronLink is the easiest way to get started with LPWAN.

    Does the eSIM work out of the box?

    The embedded SIM card is not pre-activated, the IronLink is ready to transmit data as soon as you top up the sim card. 

    Does it come with data?

    All IronLink LTE devices are eligible for 10 Euros worth of free data. Simply register your device's with us and claim your data to get connected. 

    Are SMS messages included with the eSIM?

    The SIM includes 10 Euros of free data. 

    Do I have to use the embedded SIM?

    We provide the eSIM to make fleet management cheaper and reduce overheads, but use of the eSIM is not mandatory. We provide a micro SIM connector on the back of the board so you may use any provider of cellular data.

    Can I use the eSIM and an external SIM card?

    Absolutely, the eSIM and regular sim card are connected to a multiplexer and can be easily switched in software. The eSIM is generally more rugged than a standard SIM card and makes an great backup in the case of a failure.

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