Written by Carmi Brandis
When we think of the applicable functionality that a hybrid connectivity solution would provide, multiple use cases come to mind. Everything from connected solar panels to smart cities to point of sale monitoring to security benefit from a lower cost, more reliable hybrid connectivity solution. For example, within the trucking industry (or for any roadway vehicle), cellular connections would work best while the vehicle is in motion, needing GSP or emergency services. While in the depot, however, Wi-Fi would be a fiscally sound (lower cost) pathway for transmitting static data, such as driver logs.
Singular Issues, Single Solution
The rapid expansion of the Aeris hybrid solution is a direct result of the multiple connectivity issues that exist today. Individually, cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity each have some drawbacks, but with a hybrid connectivity solution, specific problems can be resolved.
At the basic level, cellular connectivity has several challenges, such as poor indoor penetration, but coverage improves with Wi-Fi. Cellular power consumption expenses come down with a hybrid solution, as do high data usage costs. Additionally, Wi-Fi brings its own issues, including coverage, security, device provisioning, diagnostics, and minimal visibility and control. The Aeris hybrid solution overcomes these by using just a single platform for provisioning, billing, reporting, diagnostics, troubleshooting, and traffic policy configuration. And with a hybrid implementation, deployment is easy and operational complexities are radically reduced.
So, as a business owner, presently paying for connectivity, the questions you need to ask should revolve around coverage, cost, and ease of use. The Aeris solution prevents carrier lock-in, thereby affording many more choices for your connectivity needs.
The key value propositions of an Aeris hybrid solution include lower cost with higher reliability, improved coverage, and ease of deployment. The Aeris solution reduces operational complexities via a single platform to manage both cellular and Wi-Fi devices; provides enhanced coverage with a layered Wi-Fi and cellular solution that increases connection consistency while improving indoor reception; provides secure connections and authentication controls over cellular and Wi-Fi connections; provides secure connectivity by VPN to the Aeris data center; and provides cost optimization for the entire IoT device deployment.
Want to learn more about the implementation and advantages that an IoT hybrid connectivity solution can bring to your business? This Aeris webinar delves into today’s IoT market drivers, challenges, and new opportunities; the pros and cons of each technology; combining cellular and Wi-Wi into a single subscription; hybrid use cases; and the value and key considerations for this new hybrid connectivity model.
Join subject matter experts (451 Research VP Brian Partridge and Aeris product marketing executive Evan Whitelock) in this webinar as they discuss the merits of IoT hybrid solution viability.