Back in the days when the forward pass was not as accepted as it is today, the esteemed football coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Woody Hayes, used to say that there were three things that could happen if you passed the ball and that two of them were bad.
In our current age of technology and connectivity, a similar statement could be made for the adoption of a SIM-based Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity solution except that there are probably five things that could happen and four of them are bad. The SIM connection could be on the wrong rate plan for the amount of usage that it is incurring, thereby creating a larger expense than necessary. The device could have had an over the air software update that somehow got corrupted and the device is now waking up and sending data once a minute instead of once an hour-a 60X premium (or something like that) or the user the device is assigned to is using it for streaming video as he or she roams. Or finally the “hacker world” could see a SIM-based device as a possible entry point into a system of devices and will repeatedly “ping” a device trying to breach the system. All potentially dire consequences. Not to mention that one of the key ways to accomplish great things with IoT automation is actually to automate the administration of the SIMs as well.
Just as the concerns of the forward pass being part of the modern game of football have been overcome, so can the concerns about the risks of IoT be managed, using the Connected Analytics SIMetric™ analytics platform to provide advanced capabilities to monitor, manage, and correct any issues that arise in the course of a SIM’s usage. And once the predictive learning algorithms have been applied, there is an ability to foresee issues and catch concerns, combined with the ability to send alerts to notify appropriate parties about malfunctions and take other corrective actions. Finally, the ability to provide this management and analytic capability goes across wireless carrier boundaries and can be displayed with a robust user dashboard so that customers can see what issues are arising in the connectivity layer of their business. And by being able to resolve these issues with a very light touch and process helps to ensure that the benefits of real-time IoT connectivity can be realized to their fullest.