As the IoT ecosystems continue to grow, it is gradually becoming clearer that a single connectivity protocol is no longer a viable option to manage massive numbers of diverse connected devices. For example, talk about such areas of IoT application like smart cities, smart homes, smart vehicles, a wide range of connected sensors, etc. Because every IoT-powered device connects in an assortment of ways, and additionally with the absence of a set of standards right now, a better and more secure option would be to use a multimode connectivity protocol. The benefits which multiprotocol IoT processor provides are worth considering: cost-efficiency, resource-friendly, and energy-efficiency. These benefits provided by a multiprotocol IoT processor are not confined to only “Smart” technologies, they can be well utilized for IIoT and Industry 4.0 purposes too. Still confused? Let me help you understand a bit about multimode connectivity solution for M2M/IoT management.
Consider a scenario in which a router (built with multimode connectivity technique) controls an assortment of smart devices in a house. Unlike traditional connectivity procedure, this router can connect smart devices via more than one connecting protocol (e. g. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Infrared, etc.) The ability of a variety of radio chips providing a combination of connectivity solution (The Multimode Connectivity) ensures maximum connectivity, especially in times of signal outage or connectivity error. Applying this connectivity concept to a massive ecosystem of M2M/IoT devices that are deployed worldwide can be a tempting option for IoT businesses. And when I am talking about this possibility, my mind is continuously diverting towards the emerging IIoT and Industry 4.0, both tempting areas for multimode connectivity solution, and that is exactly what IoT developers now have in mind when it comes to the IoT industry in general.
Why Industrial Internet of Things will gain huge perks and the IoT developers will target commercial setups the most is simply because of cost-effective and resource-friendly nature of multimode connectivity technique. Industrial setups, reforming their procedures with the help of IoT, currently must install different IoT systems to control a variety of processes at the same time. It is right over here the multimode connectivity IoT controller comes into play when it provides diverse connectivity/management options to an overall industrial-process unit.
For example, Qualcomm’s QCA4020 tri-mode connectivity IoT SoC microcontroller is the best example of what a multimode connectivity solution just possibly can do. The Qualcomm’s QCA4020 SoC provides dual-band connectivity by using such protocols as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5; Zigbee and Thread for 802.15.4 technologies. Packed with other noticeable features as well, such type of multimode connectivity products is indeed the future of Industry 4.0 process management, as well as for consumer- end too.
However, other IoT-product vendors have launched multimode connectivity controllers for IoT and IIoT respectively, but none as of now can compete for their products with the powerful tri-mode IoT microcontroller by Qualcomm; there is little to no chance of assuming that many other notable IT and IoT companies, specifically, would not be going in the direction of multimode connectivity controllers for IoT and IIoT ecosystems soon. Therefore, as the universal law of evolution carries on, we in the IoT sector, or any other technology for that matter, should always be ready to adapt to novel changes as soon as they emerge because this will ensure our ultimate survival in the ever-changing field of IoT technology.