Four IoT Lessons from the Sierra Wireless Innovation Summit

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By Jamie Moss | 3Q 2018 | IN-5171


Some Practical Realities


At the Innovation Summit 2018, important practical realities about IoT were brought into the open. The first is that cost concerns about Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) technology are overplayed and that the race to the bottom in module and connectivity pricing can only go so far toward enabling a market. Second, the heterogeneous nature of the “edge” prevents IoT device data extraction from being as simple a process as might be assumed. Third, scaling an IoT project beyond its proof-of-concept (POC) stage can unexpectedly reset the entire operation, resulting in project failure. And last, despite the software- and developer-centric world that we now live in, there are purportedly less than 1 million embedded developers worldwide—a critical enabler and, in the light of this, a critical obstacle to the growth of the IoT. Each one of these issues is worth exploring in more detail.

A Common, Unifying Topic


Like Sierra Wireless, most cellular module manufacturers are pinning their mid- to long…

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