How Telecom Operators Can Help Industries to design innovative IoT Applications for Smart Cities?

Internet-of-Things(IoT), a technology which connects objects to the internet. Cisco has anticipated that by 2020, IoT will be consisting of 50 billion devices connected to the internet. As a result, there will be 6 devices per person. It is expected that IoT will fully transform our economy, society and standards of living.  Businesses and enterprises strive hard to bring products to the markets more frequently, adapt themselves to regulatory requirements, and most importantly business leaders tend to innovate persistently. With a large number of mobile staff, growing customers and changing supply chain demand, IoT can help businesses and entrepreneurs to generate large revenue in business. Figure 1 below is depicting the connection of IoT devices to the cloud server in 5G.

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Figure 1: IoT devices connected to cloud server using a 5G cellular network. [Courtesy of intel].

Only those companies will be able to maintain their position among their competitors that not only embrace IoT but also use it to transform their business. By integrating IoT into business operations, products and customer interactions, business leaders can build new business models and foundation of values. McKinsey estimates that by 2025, businesses will be able to generate revenue of approximately $11 trillion per year through incorporating IoT applications and products.

Businesses are now transforming their processes, operations and business models to benefit from the latest technologies. Smart cities, connected utilities, smart transportation, connected factories, smart health, smart grid and connected miles are few names of the result of this evolution. All industries are considering IoT a breakthrough technology in order to help them optimize their business, enter new markets and build a good customer relationship. Many industry experts, like IDC, estimates that businesses will spend over $20 trillion in the next four years to realize the potential of IoT. An illustration of IoT deployed in smart city verticals.

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Figure 2: An illustration of Internet-of-Things applications Smart Cities.

The revolution of IoT may have begun but it isn’t implemented to the full scale yet. There is still plenty of time before its transformational powers will be fully felt. A number of technical, economical, and regulatory perceptions still need to be addressed. There are some companies out there who need to do something but are not sure about how. According to Harvard Business Review and Verizon statistics, it is concluded that less than 10 percent of companies have deployed IoT initiatives. Furthermore, only a small minority which is 56 percent have the proper strategy for IoT.

According to recent research conducted by Cisco about ICT companies and decision makers concluded that the top three challenges for implementing IoT initiatives in their business were: (i) Data Privacy; (ii) Standardization of IoT protocols and intra-operability among different business systems; and (iii) Design cost.

IoT supplier market is currently very fragmented with a massive amount of big and small companies providing single pieces of IoT implementation devices, applications, and solutions. As a result, making it more challenging for the companies to meet the demands of customer needs.

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Internet of Things (IoT) Overview

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices within the exisitng internet infrastructure. Internet of Things ”means“ a world-wide network of interconnected objects uniquely addressable, based on standard communication protocols.

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The new rule for the future is going to be, “anything that can be connected, will be connected.”  But why on earth would you want so many connected devices talking to each other? To increase efficiency, energy, time, cost, resources and sustainable life.

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How to build IoT Networks?

With the introduction of Internet of Things (IoT); networks will be obliged to manage large numbers of heterogeneous devices. There are many ways to connect devices directly to the 5G systems. Moreover, they can also connect with the help of capillary networks using short range radio to extend the 5G network reach. Different radios should be served in the same IoT platform in order to manage efficiently. Smart technology, when deployed, can increase the value of that particular place, for instance, a smart home, a smart office building, a smart bus and so on. According to Ericsson mobility report, until 2021 we will have 15 billion devices will be connected to the network. Some of the devices will be connected to the cellular network while a large part will be accessing radio technologies.

capillary networks in deployment of IoT

If we want to manage those devices in the similar fashion as that of mobile phones, then we need to use Capillary Gateways. Capillary Gateways acts as a bridge and connects other networks with the 5G system. Capillary Gateways are fixed installations, but a mobile phone can be used to connect to the things nearby. In order to install, configure and manage those devices, the devices need to be automated. By automating the device we mean the system needs to adjust whenever devices are added, lost or moving.

capillary networks in IoT networks

It is concluded that connection to the network plays a vital role in the deployment of IoT. Capillary networks are a smart way to connect the billions of things and devices that need connectivity. In order to optimize the network usage, it automatically manages the connectivity between devices and gateways in the network. This technology supports short-range radio technologies, which are easy to deploy with different topologies, such as star and mesh for example Bluetooth, WiFi and 802.15.4. Moreover, the modern Bluetooth Low Energy mesh technology can be used for capillary connectivity.

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About Author:

Dr. Hafiz Yasar Lateef – one of the founding members of TelXperts – has several years of experience on Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities, big data analytics and smart cities verticals. He is a Member of IEEE Communications Society and frequently features as a keynote speaker at various international conferences and workshops. His expertise encompass Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, LTE radio network planning and optimization, Small cells & DAS planning & Optimization, Self-Organizing Networks (SON) and Green cellular networks. Dr. Hafiz Yasar Lateef’s Biography has been featured on Bristol Who’s Who famous personalities registry for his excellent research work in the field of Telecommunication. His work on the areas of MIMO techniques for wireless networks, Green Cellular Networks and Self-Organizing cellular networks have already found their way into telecommunication standards. He has authored and co-authored numerous international journals and conference papers in the field of LTE/LTE-Advanced wireless networks.

Dr. Yasar holds a Doctorate degree in the field of Telecommunications from University of Leeds, UK. He has participated in various international projects on future wireless networks in collaboration with ZTE Corporation, Texas A&M, Politecnico Di Torino Italy, King’s College London, CTTC Spain and CCSR University of Surrey. In the past, he held various roles at ZTE Corporation, University of Leeds, UK, University of Bedfordshire, UK, Qatar University, QMIC and Texas A&M, Curtin University, Australia.

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Internet of Things (IoT) Overview

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices within the exisitng internet infrastructure. Internet of Things ”means“ a world-wide network of interconnected objects uniquely addressable, based on standard communication protocols.

intenret of things

The new rule for the future is going to be, “anything that can be connected, will be connected.”  But why on earth would you want so many connected devices talking to each other? To increase efficiency, energy, time, cost, resources and sustainable life.

iot course

IoT Protocol Stack

iot architecture

Wireless Technologies for IoT

iot training course

IoT/IoE Protocols

iot protocols

IoT Devices Gateway Capabilities

ioe online training

IoT Data Management Capabilities

iot data intelligence

IoT Context Processing & Analysis

iot context

IoT Cloud Architecture

Iot cloud

IoT Cloud Data Acquisition

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IoT Evolution & Market Trends

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IoT Smart Grid

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