In the past, many Internet of Things or machine-to-machine communication applications transmitted small, discreet amounts of data on a regular basis. A weather device would send temperature reports every few minutes, or a vibration sensor on a piece of machinery might report hourly to the factory headquarters on the machines status. That temperature or vibration information could be a mere few MBs of data. While an entire IoT / M2M deployment could have thousands of devices in the field sending data, each sensor wasnt sending very much data at a time.
But now, more advanced IoT applications are demanding high data rates over LTE connectivity. Lets look at some of the growing uses for high data and LTE that companies are pursuing.
Mission-Critical Control Via LTE With High Data
One category of IoT / M2M deployment that has a strong need for high data and LTE connectivity is remote control of complicated instruments, whether thats industrial machines or for high-tech healthcare. These mission-critical applications rely on large quantities of real-time data being sent swiftly between sometimes distant locations.
A Swedish pilot program is using this technology to control equipment in dangerous mines. By remotely controlling trucks via these high-data connections, the mining company can transport valuable ore without exposing workers to hazardous conditions. This further allows people to do the technical jobs instead of back-breaking manual labor deep inside the earth.
Another mission-critical use for LTE connectivity can be telesurgery or remote surgery this is when a surgeon operates on a patient using a robotic surgical system that is connected by a high-speed data connection. In early experiments with these systems, lag time caused by slow connectivity was a problem. Faster networks have helped solve this issue, although telesurgery is not yet widespread. Currently, the US military is working on a Trauma Pod telesurgery system, and a few remote communities are using telesurgery to expand their services.
On the Road With LTE and High Data
Closer to home, well probably start seeing LTE and high data usage in our own cars pretty soon (if we arent seeing it already). Connected vehicle applications can make good use of the faster network and high data for everything from enhanced entertainment packages to high-definition mapping information to over-the-air maintenance updates.
Thats just todays connected car data needs. In the near future, autonomous self-driving cars will have an even stronger need for fast networks and high data as they constantly intake and process information about their surroundings. New roadways may incorporate sensors to assist both autonomous and traditionally driven cars with traffic, weather, and lane control, and LTE with high data can only help make these systems run more efficiently.
Faster, Bigger, Better for All
Even if your IoT / M2M development isnt on the cutting edge, LTE and high data provide a great deal of value. Most importantly, LTE will become the default standard as 2G is going away and 3G begins to decline. Also, while many IoT / M2M applications use small amounts of data today, the landscape is ever changing as data needs grow. Just as simple billboards became digital signs, now these have become digital video signs that rely on high-speed connectivity with high data. This evolution is bound to happen in many industries as well.
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