Saturday, 10 June 2017

Indian Telecom on IoT technologies : Industry is looking forward to orchestration of standards, infrastructure and policy framework.

Source : ETTelecom

As India has slowly started to emerge as a global destination for many of the IoT technologies, the industry is looking forward to orchestration of standards, infrastructure and policy framework in order to generate new business models and accelerate the adoption of technology.

Being the providers of network connectivity, telecom operators will play a crucial role in the process especially in M2M communication which would require operators to work around new rating plans and ensure seamless connectivity.

“Network providers have to see how they will ensure different kinds of rating plans and accessibility so that the transfer of data happens seamlessly between machines and for this new kinds of rating plans will be required,” said Rishi Mohan Bhatnagar, President, Aeris India and Chairman IET IoT Panel in an interaction with ET.

“In India, we also need to ensure a technology and legal framework that will allow machines to migrate network,” added Bhatnagar.

Meanwhile, exploring alternate solutions and technologies is as important for operators and some of them have already started working on it.

“Today techies are working not only on the GSM, 2G, 3G, 4G or 5G but also on other technologies like LoRa, narrow-band and ZigBee. Tata Communications has already implemented the LoRa network in Jamshedpur and they're trying to do some tests,” told Bhatnagar.
The industry believes that as far as the challenges of Internet of Things are concerned, the first challenge lies on the front of standards and interoperability.

“There is a lot of hard work to be done whether it is in the evolution of standards, or putting together the necessary infrastructure, aligning the industry and making sure that new business models emerge. We need to ensure that the new collaborations are forged between the government, academia and industry,” said IT Secretary Aruna Sundararajan at an IoT event.

Another challenge lies in terms of India’s cultural diversity and the huge population that the technologies have to cater to but at the same time IoT is a solution to many of India’s problems in sectors such as healthcare and energy.

“There is no solution in the western world which would be applicable for India as the way it is. India's challenge is huge mass. For the mass that we have to cater, the only way is Internet of Things technology,” expressed Bhatnagar.

Recent findings by the IoT World Forum (IoTWF) also suggested that while IoT sounds like it is all about technology, human factors like culture, organisation and leadership are critical.

While IoT helps people to get connected using sensors, controllers, devices which are capturing the data but the heart of IoT lies in analyzing the collected data, experts believe.

IoT units in India are expected to see a 31-fold growth to reach 1.9 billion by 2020 owing to advances in reliability, accuracy and technology of advance tech measures, as predicted by Deloitte.

Currently in India, telecom operators like Bharti Airtel and Vodafone are offering IoT solutions such as location tracker, automative telematics, smart metering, security and surveillance solutions, and managed IoT connectivity platform among others.