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Making Global IoT Connectivity a Reality

By 2020, approximately 75% of the global population will be connected by mobile. But these connections don’t happen without the underlying network infrastructure. We’re seeing and feeling the impacts of digital transformation, Internet of Things and the cloud as it affects all aspects of our daily lives in some very profound ways.

But there are real challenges in this new digital world.

As the volume and velocity of data generated by Industrial IoT systems continues to increase, it cannot be properly supported by legacy communication infrastructures. Today’s industrial companies are faced with the challenge of transitioning their mission critical communication infrastructure to enable digital and automated operations. Legacy networks are just not engineered to support real-time communication of high-volume, bandwidth-hungry, latency sensitive, critical data with the highest QoS.

But a change has begun. Industry 4.0 will help pave the way in this digital transformation journey.

Industry 4.0 is a name given to the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing … a few of my favorite things! 

The technologies enabling Industry 4.0 include 5G, Private LTE and more. 5G opens up factory automation to the widespread use of wireless connectivity for the first time, bringing substantial installation cost benefits and the ability to quickly reconfigure production for a more flexible manufacturing capability.

LTE makes cable-like reliability and security possible in a wireless technology. A dedicated LTE network can provide the throughput, latency, reliability, wide coverage, and mobility requirements of business critical operations while ensuring high security as the convergence of information and operational technologies (IT and OT) bring greater susceptibility to cyber attacks. While we believe Wi-Fi will remain the connection layer of choice for day to day business communications, LTE overlay will complement Wi-Fi and bring an alternative to Ethernet-based communications for business critical applications as it increases the agility with increased coverage, use cases with mobility & IoT adoption pace.

There is a range of connectivity technologies for IoT from which to choose. But every use case has specific needs, which translate into certain technology considerations that determine the choice or selection of the most suitable connectivity technology.

Clearly, there is no single technology or solution ideally suited to serve all potential IoT use cases. Certain technologies will coexist, as complementing rather than competing standards. But one thing is certain, as we strive to create technology with social purpose, quality and integrity, enabling a network infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things to transform the human experience remains top of mind at Nokia … and for me personally.


To learn more about mission-critical networks for industrial IoT, click to register for the session at HPE Discover on Wednesday, November 28 at 17:30.  And take a trip to Allwhere to learn more about Nokia’s vision for the  networking solutions for Industry 4.0. 

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Karl  Bream

About Karl Bream

A gifted public speaker and passionate leader, Karl serves as Vice President of Corporate IoT Strategy at Nokia. Karl holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from George Washington University and an MBA from The Stern School at New York University. In his spare time, Karl is an active supporter of several local non-profits and social ventures in and around New York City and frequently travels internationally to build housing for the homeless in the most challenging geographies.

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