One potential challenge to be aware of in this sector is that many IoT-enabled applications such as handheld devices will currently be using conventional 4G or 5G technology.
However, distributed devices such as embedded sensors have completely different network requirements. When using the internet, we access large volumes of data at irregular intervals. But these devices send small packets of data at regular intervals and will often need to connect in areas away from the traditional infrastructure and a convenient power supply. If lots of devices are linked, the connection could be slow and result in loss of functionality and productivity.
Long-range wireless IoT technologies form the basis for an LPWAN (Low-Power Wide-Area Network). They are specially designed for sending small amounts of data from numerous low-power devices — such as sensor endpoints — at longer intervals. These wireless IoT technologies can be used across a range of applications, especially within building management, industrial controls or in the medical sector.
At Swan EMS, we have 25 years of experience in manufacturing PCB and cable assemblies for these types of devices, as well as technical knowledge of working with both Sigfox and LoRa-based platforms. It is an exciting time to be an electronics manufacturing services provider, and we are dedicated to supporting your IoT product from concept to reality — bringing it into market competitively through our product realisation service.