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Secure IoT Connectivity for Sensors & Endpoints

Many organisations and agencies are increasingly concerned with monitoring environmental metrics such as CO2 levels, temperature and pollution. The security and resilience of our SIMs are ideal for being located in a wide array of distributed geographic locations, including; remote areas, urban voids and where individual network coverage can shrink or be inconsistent. 

Not only can our network solutions provide optimum coverage and security for connected sensors, they can also provide the concentrated back-haul bandwidth for low power wireless access technologies such as LoRa WAN and Sigfox which require IoT gateways.

Sensors which use these access technologies to help conserve power still need to communicate with a node or gateway to utilise national telecommunications networks. Our IoT SIMs and VPN solutions being ideal to help transmit the data to the GSM system as well as manage these endpoints and the sensor devices that they serve.

The Main Technologies Used in Environmental Monitoring Devices & Systems

Environmental monitoring devices and systems utilize a variety of cutting-edge technologies and connectivity options to gather and analyse crucial data about our surroundings. These devices incorporate technologies such as sensors, wireless connectivity, and cloud computing to provide comprehensive and real-time information on various environmental factors. Sensors, for instance, allow for the measurement of parameters such as temperature, humidity, air quality, and water quality. These sensors can be integrated into sophisticated networks, enabling data collection from a wide range of locations. Moreover, connectivity technologies like wireless networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) enable seamless communication and data sharing between monitoring devices and central systems. This connectivity ensures that environmental data can be easily accessed, analysed, and shared with stakeholders, facilitating informed decision-making and proactive measures to protect and preserve our environment. With technological advancements continually improving the accuracy, efficiency, and accessibility of environmental monitoring devices and systems, we can better understand and address the challenges posed by our ever-changing surroundings.

Connectivity Technologies Used in Environmental Monitoring Devices

Technology plays a crucial role in monitoring and managing our environment. Environmental monitoring devices are equipped with various connectivity technologies that enable real-time data collection and analysis. These devices utilize technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular networks to transmit data to centralized systems for further analysis. Wi-Fi connectivity allows for seamless data transfer over local networks, while Bluetooth enables wireless communication between devices in close proximity. Additionally, cellular networks provide a wider reach, ensuring continuous monitoring even in remote locations. This integration of connectivity technologies ensures that environmental monitoring devices are able to provide accurate and up-to-date information for effective environmental management.

GSMA Low Power WAN IoT SIM Cards

Many environmental monitoring systems can also benefit from GSM technologies such as NB-IoT and LTE-M. They are useful for devices that are often located at longer ranges from mobile base stations, are required to sustain their operation and transmission on low power modes to extend battery life, or transmit small packets of data.

What is an NB-IoT SIM Card?

A Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) SIM card is an integrated circuit card that is capable of connecting an Internet of Things (IoT) device to a mobile network. NB-IoT can provide a reliable connection with less power, extended radio coverage and more scalability than existing mobile networks. This is because it uses the guard bands in between normal smart phone users. It is ideal for connecting low-power, easily installed objects, often known as “edge devices”, such as parking meters, vending machines, smart thermostats and other connected objects where they only need to send or receive low bandwidth data.

NB-IoT technology is becoming a preferred technology for firms that see value in forming a distributed infrastructure of low-cost, embedded devices. As a result, more and more providers are offering affordable SIM cards that provide the perfect balance of low cost and strong coverage. With a NB-IoT SIM card, businesses can cost-effectively deploy numerous edge devices to monitor and control operations, gather data, and communicate with customers and other IoT devices.

What is a LTE-M IoT SIM Card & how Does it Differ from NB-IoT SIM Cards?

A LTE-M IoT SIM card is an integrated cellular and radio module that is designed to work on long-term evolution (LTE) networks. It is used to provide support for various types of internet of things (IoT) applications including wearables, smart metering, asset monitoring, and fleet tracking. It differs from an NB-IoT SIM card in that it operates on a higher network frequency which allows for faster, more reliable and efficient communication between devices. The LTE-M SIM card also offers lower power consumption and improved coverage, providing users with a greater range of coverage options. In conclusion, the LTE-M SIM card is ideal for applications which require faster data transmission and low power consumption, whereas the NB-IoT SIM card is suitable for those that require a more static, reliable, predictable and robust connection.

Learn More About IoT Environmental Monitoring

To read more about how many companies and organisations are using environmental monitoring to reduce their impact and improve the sustainability and wellbeing of their employees and resources please read our article: What is IoT Environmental Monitoring? To read about some of the low power connectivity technologies available, please read the following: