With the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic affecting businesses across the globe, one key change that has happened is the accelerated progress of digital transformation projects. A digital transformation development that has seen huge growth recently is IoT Cloud Connectivity. This is thanks to the improving cloud adoption which has helped push IoT applications to the forefront.
What is IoT Cloud Connectivity?
Enterprise IoT devices, or sensors that collect and then pass on data to be processed, can generate huge amounts of data per second later uploaded to the cloud. For this data to travel, cloud computing allows enterprises to store and manage data across various cloud platforms. Combining IoT with cloud computing means that businesses get both 1. Large amounts of useful data, and 2. The space for this data to be processed and analysed. With these two skills combined, businesses can improve workflows and implement project efficiently. Having the option to quickly view and analyse data is crucial for businesses as they move to a cloud environment.
Furthermore, with cloud computing, enterprises do not have to install hardware or manage large networks and infrastructure. Using cloud-based applications then becomes an instant cost saver for the business while also offering an improved and more scalable solution depending on their needs.
IoT devices can be connected to the cloud via several methods: Wi-Fi, LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Networks) (e.g. NB-IoT), cellular, satellite or Ethernet. Cellular connectivity offers uninterrupted data transfer between devices and the cloud through cloud-based applications, as well as a secure device access and data communication with the IoT cloud.
As mentioned previously, the best choice for connecting devices to the cloud is through cellular connectivity. There are a few reasons as to why this is the best choice.
1) Firstly, cellular coverage is huge and is continuing to expand to reach areas that were once out of grasp: connecting to the strongest available network is possible.
2) Next is the end-to-end security: to address IoT attack threats, the IoT cloud service must have absolute trust in the data received from IoT devices. This is only possible by ensuring that both the device and the server are mutually authenticated. This is the problem that the GSMA IoT SAFE (IoT on-SIM Applet For Secure End-2-End Communication) initiative solves: specifying an API so the device middleware can use the credentials and security services in the Secure Element (SIM or eSIM) in a standardized manner. In a nutshell, utilizing Secure Elements to secure IoT applications by design. Oasis’s eSIM has developed and can implement this GSMA IoT Security Applet along with eSIM solutions for IoT connected devices.
3) Finally, the speed of the data transfer through cellular devices is increasingly fast and will only go up with the introduction of 5G into the mainstream market.
Having this consistent, secure and fast connections are key to the success of many businesses’ operations. Having this IoT cloud connectivity means businesses can rely on their data solutions to be accurate, up to date and ready to help improve workflows.
Oasis can help
There is a growing need for businesses to offer secure, global connectivity for IoT applications and with the introduction of eSim, this is even more crucial. As the eSim market rapidly begins to grow with wide implementation worldwide, we at Oasis are best placed to help you with any IoT cloud connectivity queries. Our eSim experts can assess your enterprises current offerings and provide advice on how to boost your IoT connectivity. After our assessment and further discussions, we can then go on to support you in streamlining your IoT development.