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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:

LoRa 

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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    About LoRA Technology

    About LoRA Technology

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    F.A.Q.

    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?

    Yes, the embedded SIM card is pre-activated and has 500MB of data that will last for up to 10 years. As of such the IronLink is ready to transmit data as soon as it is powered up. 

    Can I have more then 500MB of data?

    All IronLink LTE devices have 500 MB of data included for free. However, we can provide data upgrades for individual devices or increase data on a fleet wide basis. However, for most IoT applications 500 MB should provide more than enough data for the lifespan of the device.

    Are SMS messages included with the eSIM?

    We include 250 SMS messages with the embedded SIM, although we recommend using SMS for debug and maintenance purposes as they are less energy efficient than using NB-IoT or CAT-M1 for data transmission. 

    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.

    Contact Us

    Bristol, Bs348rb

    info@ironlink.io

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    All about Narrowband IoT

    The number of connected IoT devices is expected to reach 125 billion by 2030, wireless technologies that support them are also continuing to get a good deal of attention. NB-IOT low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) is one of the important communications technology which is becoming increasingly used. This article will explain more about its strengths and weaknesses.

    NB-IoT is the initiative by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the organisation carrying out the standardization of cellular systems, to suit the needs of most low data rate devices that need to connect to mobile networks, often powered portably. The aim of NB-IoT is to standardize IoT devices to be interoperable and dependable, for a cellular standard.


    NB-IoT is a cellular-grade wireless network technology that uses OFDM modulation, the chips are more complex, but the link budgets are far better. That means users get the greater performance level associated with cellular connections, but at the cost of more complexity and greater power consumption.

     

     

    NB-IoT is designed to be used to transfer small amounts of data— hundreds of bytes per day or less on average, generated by edge IoT devices. 

    NB-IoT will likely be for simple devices that need to connect to an operator network via licensed spectrum. It is currently being piloted and tested exclusively in Europe, and is not readily available except through a small number of operators across Europe that are doing trials.

    It is message-based, non unlike LoRa, but achieves a much quicker modulation rate that can handle a lot more data than its rival. However NB-IoT is not an IP-based communication protocol like LTE-M (another LPWA cellular technology associated with IoT). You can’t connect to an IP network and expect to use it as you would with a mobile phone. It was made for basic IoT applications and is a low power alternative to LTE-M but designed for less frequent communication purposes.

    Advantages of NB-IoT

    – If fully deployed the coverage would be exceptional. NB-IoT devices rely on 4G network coverage, so they work well indoors and    in dense urban environments.

    – It has quicker response times than its rival ‘LoRa’ and can guarantee a better quality of service.

    Disadvantages of NB-IoT

     – Some of the design specs for NB-IoT make transferring large amounts of data down to a device harder.

     – Network and tower handoffs will be an issue, so NB-IoT is suited for primarily static assets, like meters and sensors in a         permanent location, rather than moving assets.

    Smart Buildings

    Metering

    Ventilation

    Lighting

    Access controls

    Alarm systems

    Smart City

    Streetlights

    Parking

    Waste management

    City planning

    Traffic management

    Environment and Agriculture

    Air quality monitoring

    Livestock tracking and monitoring

    Autonomous farming

    Livestock health 

    Industry

    Predictive maintenance

    Logistics management

    Hazard prevention

    Productivity monitoring

    Quality control 

     

    LoRa 

    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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      About LoRA Technology

      About LoRA Technology

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      F.A.Q.

      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?

      Yes, the embedded SIM card is pre-activated and has 500MB of data that will last for up to 10 years. As of such the IronLink is ready to transmit data as soon as it is powered up. 

      Can I have more then 500MB of data?

      All IronLink LTE devices have 500 MB of data included for free. However, we can provide data upgrades for individual devices or increase data on a fleet wide basis. However, for most IoT applications 500 MB should provide more than enough data for the lifespan of the device.

      Are SMS messages included with the eSIM?

      We include 250 SMS messages with the embedded SIM, although we recommend using SMS for debug and maintenance purposes as they are less energy efficient than using NB-IoT or CAT-M1 for data transmission. 

      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.

      Contact Us

      Bristol, Bs348rb

      info@ironlink.io

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      About LoRA Technology

      The number of connected IoT devices is expected to reach 125 billion by 2030, wireless technologies that support them are also continuing to get a good deal of attention. LoRA is a type of low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) one of the important communications technology which is becoming increasingly used. This article will explain more about its strengths and weaknesses.

      LoRa is a non-cellular modulation technology for LoRaWAN. (The same BPSK or QPSK is the modulation of NB-IoT.) The terms—LoRa and LoRaWAN—aren’t interchangeable: LoRaWAN is the standard protocol for WAN communications and LoRa is used as a wide area network technology.
      LoRa is used primarily in two ways:

      One is LoRaWAN, which has been deployed mainly in Europe. It has small message size capacity, as low as 12 bytes.

      LoRa represents a great radio network for IoT solutions and has better link budgets than other comparable radio technologies. But with the exception of a few markets in Europe, connecting to LoRaWAN networks—or to use LoRa you need to deploy your own network gateway before doing so.

       

       

      That may seem like a negative, but it actually makes LoRa a suitable alternative option to WiFi for low-power devices that need to be connected around a building, such as a manufacturing plant or warehouse. It is likely that IT department would not approve of putting a third-party device on its own network due to security issues. Setting up your own gateway alows you to create a completely separate and secure network. It’s the only technology capable of being used as a “do-it yourself” set up; any company has the freedom to build and implement their own connected device’s wherever its possible to put up a gateway.

      Advantages of LoRA

      It is ideal for single-building applications.

      You can install and manage your own network.

      LoRa is an option if you require bidirectionality, such as, command and control functionality, this is because of the symmetric link.

      LoRa devices work well when they are traveling, which makes them useful for tracking moving assets, such as traking delivery vehicals.

      LoRa devices outperform NB-IoT devices in battery life performance.

      Disadvantages of LoRA

      Lower data rates than NB-IoT.

      LORA has a longer inital conection time than NB-IoT.

      It requires a gateway to work, however this can also be an advantage when building a secure network.

      Useful Applications

      Smart Buildings

      Metering

      Ventilation

      Lighting

      Access controls

      Alarm systems

      Smart City

      Streetlights

      Parking

      Waste management

      City planning

      Traffic management

      Environment and Agriculture

      Air quality monitoring

      Livestock tracking and monitoring

      Autonomous farming

      Livestock health 

      Industry

      Predictive maintenance

      Logistics management

      Hazard prevention

      Productivity monitoring

      Quality control 

       

      LoRa 

      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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        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 processEach step in...

        All about Narrowband IoT

        All about Narrowband IoT

        All about Narrowband IoTThe number of connected IoT devices is expected to reach 125 billion by 2030, wireless technologies that support them are also continuing to get a good deal of attention. NB-IOT low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) is one of the important...

        About LoRA Technology

        About LoRA Technology

        About LoRA TechnologyThe number of connected IoT devices is expected to reach 125 billion by 2030, wireless technologies that support them are also continuing to get a good deal of attention. LoRA is a type of low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) one of the important...

        F.A.Q.

        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?

        Yes, the embedded SIM card is pre-activated and has 500MB of data that will last for up to 10 years. As of such the IronLink is ready to transmit data as soon as it is powered up. 

        Can I have more then 500MB of data?

        All IronLink LTE devices have 500 MB of data included for free. However, we can provide data upgrades for individual devices or increase data on a fleet wide basis. However, for most IoT applications 500 MB should provide more than enough data for the lifespan of the device.

        Are SMS messages included with the eSIM?

        We include 250 SMS messages with the embedded SIM, although we recommend using SMS for debug and maintenance purposes as they are less energy efficient than using NB-IoT or CAT-M1 for data transmission. 

        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.

        Contact Us

        Bristol, Bs348rb

        info@ironlink.io

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