IoT development has been regarded as the most promising area of the digital world in recent years. This is unsurprising, given how Internet technologies have become ingrained in daily lives.
The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the technology environment. Automation, data mining, and machine learning (ML) are being used by businesses more than ever before, and the convergence of several technologies is causing a surge of innovation. Against this backdrop, the Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining traction, offering real-world competitive advantages to enterprises in a variety of industries.
Here are some IoT forecasts for the year 2022, according to industry experts.
Remote SIM provisioning is a paradigm transformation
SIMs are being digitized for IoT deployments, allowing enterprises to remotely activate SIMs implanted in their endpoints. Without needing to order and swap physical cards, users may install global SIM profiles into compatible devices in seconds. This greatly simplifies and shortens the provisioning process, while also avoiding shipping expenditures and putting delivery issues in the past.
Companies should combine it with an embedded universal integrated circuit card (eUICC) and a remote SIM provisioning platform, whether it’s a compatible pluggable SIM or an embedded SIM card. Even large-scale worldwide deployments can use a single SKU strategy and switch profiles later if necessary. Roaming limitations are removed, and carrier profiles can be changed remotely.
IoT and the metaverse are inextricably linked
Digital twins are not a new concept, but the nomenclature is starting to make its way into common tech jargon. The ability to translate physical objects into digital form and overlay data to create a digital twin enables very complex simulations. However, when this digital representation is entrenched within the metaverse, the business benefits multiply enormously.
A company can now digitally reproduce anything from a single endpoint to a complete factory or ecosystem. And embedding the digital twin in the metaverse, complete with live feeds, enables everything from more precise predictive maintenance to increased productivity based on nearly infinite scenarios. Smart cities, too, can be successfully, precisely, and in real-time modeled.
Sensor data takes on a whole new dimension when IoT and the metaverse are merged. The puzzle pieces are starting to fit together, and the new reality is not far away.
Security is a major concern
As larger and more complicated IoT deployments become the norm, the focus is moving to secure networking configurations and tougher device regulations. IoT ecosystems can cause organizations potentially irreversible damage if they are breached, in addition to providing a slew of benefits to a variety of industrial applications.
The weakest links in the security chain are usually humans and manual processes. When a security breach happens in an IoT environment, cybercriminals can not only misuse IoT devices, but can also compromise or damage data, trigger physical activities, and create destructive scenarios in the real world. As a result, discussions in 2022 and beyond will be dominated by a renewed focus on private networks and sophisticated security measures.