But it's not without its challenges. After all, this burgeoning industry is full of moving parts — both literally and figuratively — which, individually and together, pose significant obstacles for robotics projects.
One of these challenges is mobility. Not only is it difficult to design a robot for autonomous mobility, but keeping an autonomous device connected and mobile creates many unknown variables for an engineering team.
Cybersecurity is another complex area. Robots are made from expensive, cutting-edge hardware, and they collect sensitive data, making them prime targets for hackers and vandals.
Finally, service robots are expected to be high-performance devices that rarely make errors. This is difficult because, as already mentioned, a robot's performance is dependent on its mobility, connectivity and security — if one fails, so too does the robot in the user's eyes.
Fortunately, there's a solution that covers all of these areas of concern: and it comes in the form of global IoT partners.
Three ways a global IoT solution can help robotics projects succeed
1. Mobility through cellular connectivity
Cellular connectivity is an excellent solution for robotics in today's market. The infrastructure for cellular is already in place throughout most of the major marketplaces, so unless the robots are going to be deployed in a truly remote or underdeveloped location, they'll almost always be within the range of a cellular network.
The ideal form of connectivity for robotics projects is global, non-steered cellular connectivity. Global connectivity allows a business to deploy robots anywhere without having to manage different network providers or limit service robots to a specific country.
Non-steered connectivity provides robots with the best connection available, no matter where they're being used. Rather than keeping robots tied to a primary network, non-steered connectivity allows devices to switch from one network to the next automatically — even if that network is different from the business's primary connectivity partner. This keeps robots on the best available network at all times.
2. Network-level security
A global IoT partner can also provide heightened security and peace of mind. Operators can implement network-level encryption and security measures (like location verification) to help secure robots wherever they are.
This spares engineering teams from having to create their own network-level security solution, reducing the time and money invested.
3. An all-in-one solution
Utilising a global IoT solution will significantly simplify project operations, no matter the size or scale. That's because an IoT platform enables a business to manage its devices' connectivity, monitor their performance through key KPIs, and track their status globally — all of which makes handling backend processes far easier.
When it comes to billing, an all-in-one global solution can also help avoid financial complexity. Instead of having to negotiate complicated contracts with networks in different regions and countries (which are all going to have slightly varying laws and regulations), the business can work with a single network provider that has already negotiated all of these contracts on their behalf, displaying them all in one bill.
This frees up the robotics team to work on areas like customer service and education, innovation, bug testing and more.
Make Velos IoT your global robotics partner today
Velos IoT is a global IoT connectivity provider dedicated to moving the industry forward. We've been working on IoT since the very beginning and are excited to share our IoT expertise with the robotics industry.
We have 600+ roaming networks in over 210 countries and territories, cutting-edge security solutions, and an IoT connectivity management platform Nomad that you can use to manage all of your connected devices in one single platform.
More specifically, Velos IoT's IoT eSIM products are the ideal connectivity solutions to make global robotics projects seamless. Our eSIMs can be installed into every robot in your manufacturing line without needing to worry about where in the world it will be deployed. Then, if you do need to change networks further down the line, this can all be done remotely. There's no need to change the SIM from one network to another manually; we will migrate it for you, no questions asked.
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