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Which connectivity to choose?

Connectivity guide

Top tips for connecting your objects

The connectivity of your IoT installations is a part that must not be neglected if you want your IoT project to succeed. A mistake in the choice of IoT network can impact the final service you offer your customers. With over 15 years’ experience in network connectivity, Synox can help you choose the best connectivity for your LPWA, cellular, satellite and WiFi applications.

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The 6 main networks to connect your devices

As far as the data feedback mechanism is concerned, there are a multitude of networks to draw on.The following are the main ones:

  • LAN (Local Area Network): RFID, BLE or Zigbee, these are short-range networks (between 1 m and 100 m) with low energy consumption. This can be akin to the private internet network of your home or company ;
  • PAN (Personal Area Network): these are short-range networks of up to a few metres (BLUETOOTH) ;
  • WANs (Wide Area Networks): these networks provide a slightly greater range of up to several dozen meters;
  • LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network): the best known, LoRa and Sigfox, are networks and technologies that have been designed specifically to carry IoT data: long range and low energy consumption, they are also interesting in terms of cost ;
  • Satellite networks: they are available everywhere in the world (GPS) ;
  • Cellular networks: GSM, 2G, 3G or 4G, these are long-range networks that can carry large volumes of data and offer good coverage. The downside is that they consume energy.

Which networks for which uses?

Here are a few examples of uses associated with certain types of network:

  • For a networked printer in the office, use LAN ;
  • The same goes for connected fridges (for the cold chain) and air conditioning, with a view to regulating energy consumption.
  • For a connected bulb, socket or switch, use the PAN network;
  • To connect parking spaces in a shopping center, the LPWAN network is the preferred choice;
  • The same goes for monitoring air quality in a classroom, or remote reading of water meters and managing the risk of Legionella in collective hot water.
  • Finally, for the transport of goods in containers by sea, the choice of network is satellite.

How does data flow in an IoT project?

The path of data in the IoT takes place in several stages. It is first collected by an iot sensor, which transmits it to an antenna (or router). This antenna serves as a relay and conducts the data to a data warehouse in the cloud for storage. Once analyzed and interpreted, the data is rendered in a so-called “intelligent” way and made available on dedicated data visualization interfaces.

It’s important to know that networks can be short-range (from a few centimetres to a few metres), or long-range (from ten metres to several kilometers).

What's the point of a private APN?

Don’t forget to secure data flows with the Private APN :

The private APN (Access Point Name) lets you communicate with the SIM transmitter fleet without using the Internet. This way, the connections are controlled and security is reinforced.

5 good reasons to choose LoRaWAN technology to connect your IoT sensor :

LoRaWAN stands for “Long Range Wide – Area Network”. LoRa technology also stands for “Long Range”.

Synox, a member of the LoRa Alliance, offers you a low-cost, easy-to-deploy infrastructure based on LoRaWAN technology.

The LoRaWAN standard, based on LoRa technology, offers a number of advantages for efficiently connecting a wide variety of objects requiring high autonomy and low feedback volumes.

  1. It is bidirectional, enabling sensors to transmit information as well as receive it.
  2. It enables objects to be geolocated, without the need for on-board GPS.
  3. Optimizing energy consumption means that objects can be more autonomous, as the network consumes less energy.
  4. LoRaWAN™ is an open standard that enables interoperability between heterogeneous sensors and systems.
  5. It is particularly suitable for smart cities wishing to deploy their own private infrastructure or for industrial sectors.

What's the difference between an M2M SIM and a phone SIM?

Phone SIMs and M2M (Machine-to-Machine) SIMs are both used to connect devices to the cellular network, but their applications and functionalities diverge significantly.

Traditional SIMs are designed for telephony and personal data transfer, and are commonly used by individuals in smartphones and tablets. They facilitate voice communication, text messaging and Internet access.

M2M cards, on the other hand, are dedicated to professional applications (sometimes called “industrial” or BtoB), in the field of IoT (Internet of Things) technology. They enable industrial equipment and IoT sensors to be connected to the Internet without direct human intervention. They are rugged, designed to operate in extreme conditions and offer reliable connectivity over long periods to both sedentary and mobile devices.

The advantage of M2M SIMs lies in their centralized management via web platforms, enabling efficient control of a vast fleet of connected devices and their SIMs. These platforms offer advanced diagnostic and management functions, accessible via APIs for easy integration into existing systems.

They sometimes communicate via private APN networks, for greater security, as their data is more sensitive. Often multi-operator, to guarantee continuity of service for professionals in industry, construction, security, personal services and local authorities, these M2M cards are indispensable for many uses. As for M2M subscriptions, they are often mutualized or tiered, to adapt to customer use cases.

Choosing the right connectivity?
No easy task when you’re not an expert!

Connectivity is sometimes neglected, underestimated or overlooked. But a project can’t succeed without the right connectivity, and this must be in place from the outset. But how do you choose this connectivity? It’s true that there are a multitude of connectivity options, each with its own specific characteristics. LoRa, Sigfox, Bluetooth, Wifi, NB-IoT, LTE-M, cellular, RFID… When you’re not an expert, it’s hard to make the right choices. And above all, don’t forget: a project is destined to evolve.

This means that connectivity that is suitable for today’s needs may not be so tomorrow.
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We’re with you every step of the way

As a software publisher, connectivity is at the heart of our business, both in our offerings and in the platforms we design. To provide a unique, global solution and service, we integrate the objects designed by our manufacturing partners into our tools, directly onto our intelligent platforms.

Our mission?
Supporting you across the entire IoT value chain to ensure your project’s success.

In concrete terms?
Tell us about your project and together we’ll identify a use case, from which we’ll derive the solution that’s right for you.
From the choice of objects to the use of your data, via the choice of connectivity, our role is to work with you to build a project that’s right for you. Our experts have written a connectivity guide just for you, to help you with step 2: connect your objects!

Choose your devices

Choose your devices

Speed, temperature, force, location, power, volume… According to your needs, Synox advises you in the choice of the sensor and facilitates its implementation on site.

Connect your devices

Connect your devices

To transport and secure your data, Synox recommends the connectivity, sensors and transmitters best suited to the success of your IoT project and your uses.

Securing your data

Securing your data

We provide you with an open and interoperable data collection and analysis platform that safely aggregates all your data with third-party data.

Host your data

Host your data

A TIER IV type hosting and storage solution, based in France, which combines density, environmental awareness, availability and security.

Leverage your data

Leverage your data

We offer an open data visualization platform that joins all of your third-party flows and allows you to manage them in a simplified, secure and customizable turnkey interface.

We’re with you every step of the way

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