Mission-Critical IoT is the term used to describe the intelligent network utility companies implement to enable near-real-time communication of their water, electricity and gas networks. A failure in any of these networks could result in catastrophic consequences for consumers and untold financial losses for the utilities. The critical aspect these networks represent mandates the importance of choosing the appropriate communications technology supplier.
It can be difficult to make a well-informed decision when the industry is full of well-marketed large global corporates looking to add another customer to their portfolio. However, companies such as Sensus dedicate millions of dollars in R&D around the globe each year to ensure that mission-critical IoT is a fully functional reality.
In this white paper, Sensus has undertaken extensive utility customer research and narrowed down the four most crucial aspects needed to consider when choosing an IoT network provider:
- Commercial Risks and Challenges – how to cut through the marketing hype of non-utility focused providers
- Licensed and shared vs. dedicated networks – which is better?
- Battery life – do multiple, decades-long SLA’s actually exist?
- Security – how to ensure the security of networks and the data collected