The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to revolutionize the way people work and live. However, this can only occur if there is pervasive connectivity between IoT devices and the internet. At the heart of all IoT devices is a small piece of electronics called an IoT module. Sometimes also called a ‘radio chip’ or ‘IoT chip’, this module contains the same technology that is used in mobile phones to connect to a network.
However, unlike mobile phones, this module provides pervasive, that is ‘always on’) connectivity to the network. This is required because applications that rely on IoT devices need to send data automatically and at intermittent periods without any user intervention.
These modules are engineered for extreme durability and longevity since they often need to operate without interruption for periods longer than a decade to justify the cost of the technology and the business case for using them.