To start planning and preparing now for tomorrow’s network, we have to understand the requirements for power, light and data today. We have to be smart about thefuture. What will the world we live, play and work in be like 10-15 years from now? One can only guess, but there are some important things to consider today, when we design the infrastructure for IoT connected devices.
The conversation starts with the immense adoption of IoT solutions. Growth in the IoT marketplace is staggering, and the network bandwidth capacity and data storage demands placed on the connected world infrastructure are expected to be phenomenal because of it.
In 2008 the number of things connected to the Internet exceeded the number of people on Earth 2012, the number of POE-powered devices was estimated at 100 million. By 2020, about 250 million cars are expected to be connected to the internet, and the number of IoT devices is estimated to exceed 100 billion objects, or about 26 smart objects for every human being on Earth. As another example, Amazon has sold over 3 million Echo wireless speakers and personal digital assistants in the U.S. since its launch in late 2014, including one million during the Christmas shopping season in 2015. More than half of the purchasers use it for more than just a voice controlled music streamer.
Here’s the other reality – there are a lot of benefits when it comes to adopting IoT devices. These benefits also enable a person to manage their day to day lives more effectively and efficiently through better delegation, immediate attention to changes as they arise and improvements in their daily processes. For instance, extremely small size wearable devices today, such as smart watches, can wirelessly communicate, analyze and report the state of the wearer’s temperature, heartbeat, physical activity and location for sports and medical applications.
Throughout all of these advancements and IoT deployments – there are also some challenges with IoT connected devices. In this whitepaper from Legrand – we learn about the major benefits around IoT; and how to create an interconnected infrastructure which can support it all. To accomplish this – we need to have critical IoT building blocks. This includes:
- IoT gateways enabling machine to machine (M2M) communications possible.
- Utilizing Edge technologies to help with migration of applications, data, and services.
- Using Fog Computing as an IoT architecture allows for collaborative advantages for mobile and digitized end-users.
- Enabling advanced security to create powerful Information Access Management (IAM) protocols.
Furthermore, the paper discusses utilizing centralized versus decentralized architectures when it comes to deploying IoT strategies. Finally, it’s also important to take the actual data center into the IoT design consideration. This means understanding:
- Density and space optimization
- Bandwidth and latency
- Using centralized/decentralized environments
Moving forward, IoT and new types of interconnected devices will continue to place significant demands on networks to the point where a connected infrastructure is becoming more critical than ever when designing tomorrow’s networks. Download this paper today to learn how a Connected Infrastructure delivers maximum network performance, time savings in installation and moves, adds or changes, space optimization for faster return-on-investment, superior customer experience as well as sustainability by design.