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Enterprises Must Have a Device Communications Strategy for IoT

Published: 30 January 2018

ID: G00346742

Analyst(s): Tim Zimmerman


Inadequate vendor information about IoT device communications capabilities creates chaos for enterprises deploying IoT devices. Infrastructure and operations leaders must enforce a device connectivity policy to ensure alignment between IoT performance requirements, devices and network functionality.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Create a Policy That Creates IoT-Specific Communications, Starting With Industry Standards
    • Select Industry Standard Communications for Differing IoT Architectures
    • Avoid Using IoT Vendors That Do Not Provide Communications Protocol and Frequency Information
  • Define the Required Bandwidth, Performance and Latency Requirements for Each Communications Class Standard
    • Defining a Communications Policy Allows Organizations to Eliminate the Variables That Cause Day 1 Failures
  • Create a Cross-Functional COE That Reviews New Connectivity Requirements Against the Existing Policy

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