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Implementing the IoT: What’s stopping you?

Paul O’Sullivan, Director of Wholesale & Commercial at O2

The Internet of Things (IoT) may have been around for some time now, yet many organisations are only just beginning to see how it can transform what they do.

Just before the lockdown, we were fortunate to attend Smart IoT London, the premier industry event for everything related to IoT. We wanted to meet and learn from IoT buyers, policy influencers and key suppliers, as well as to understand the barriers that stand in the way of widespread adoption.

At our own stand we built a ‘challenge wall’, where we asked visitors to post details of the challenges and questions they need to address in order to adopt and benefit from the IoT. We’ve taken the insights you shared with us on the challenge wall and compiled a report about your three core areas of concern.

You can download the full report here.

1. Planning new infrastructure and mass connectivity

You asked questions like:

    • How do we prepare the right infrastructure?
    • How much maintenance do IoT devices require?
    • How will data-heavy IoT ecosystems work in real-time and at scale?

Our new, licensed and secure LTE-M network draws less power, provides wider coverage and is more secure than traditional cellular networks. It is ideally suited to IoT applications, enabling you to connect devices that you wouldn’t have been able to before, like in remote rural areas or in pipes under the ground.

LTE-M is a low-power network, so there is very little maintenance required. In fact, you can keep your IoT devices going for up to ten years without having to charge them.

Find out more about our LTE-M network, and how we can help with your IoT implementation.


2. Building a compelling business case

You asked questions like:

    • Is IoT right for our business, our sector and our customers?
    • Where does IoT help with our digital transformation?
    • How can I use IoT to reduce costs?

At the beginning of June, I wrote about how the use cases for the IoT are far reaching. In fact, I believe that it will transform every sector. I gave examples in utilities, logistics, manufacturing, smart cities, agriculture, medicine and healthcare. You can read that post here.

If you are debating the business case for IoT in your organisation, you will find our Challenge Wall report helpful.


3. Ensuring security from end to end

You asked questions like:

    • What do we need to do to safeguard the data generated by IoT devices?
    • Are there any particular vulnerabilities and how do we maintain ID verification?
    • How do you protect individual IoT devices?

We provide the confidence an organisation needs for a large-scale IoT rollout. We secure the network, the device sims and the data. Our licensed LTE-M network incorporates high standard security features, is CAS(T) certified by the UK Government, and provides resilient links for transferring critical information by redirecting IoT traffic in the event of a network issue.

If the security of the IoT concerns you, read our Challenge Wall report.


How are you thinking of scaling up IoT in your organisation?

We’d love to hear from you. We’ll help you to meet your challenges with IoT solutions to fit your needs. We’ll even put a dedicated team at your disposal to make sure they’re working.

Email us now to kick off the conversation or call 0800 955 5590 to discuss how O2 can help your business.


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