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IoT Communications Architecture Demystified

Published: 26 August 2016

ID: G00310892

Analyst(s): Eric Goodness , Tim Zimmerman , Mark Hung, Keith Guttridge


The drive toward digital business creates challenges for the incorporation of new IoT devices into existing communications networks. IoT architects should put network design, physical layer technology selection and application communication protocols at the top of the list to meet the challenges.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Address Key Network and Operational Design Challenges for IoT Projects
    • IoT Device Identity
    • IoT Device Addressing
    • IoT Network Virtual Segmentation
  • Select the Right Physical Layer Technology to Support the IoT Use Cases
    • PAN
    • LAN
    • WAN
  • Adopt a Multiprotocol Approach to IoT Application Communication

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