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The rise of IoT

Managing customer quality of experience (QoE) in the IoT era

What is IoT?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is many things to many people. Everything from new applications, such as smart cities or autonomous vehicles to massive sensor networks for monitoring environmental or industrial systems.

It also means a fundamental change in the way mobile network operators build and manage networks to remain profitable.

The anticipated massive scale, combined with a lower average revenue per connected device, is bringing about the most significant change yet in network architectures.

Does your network have the visibility needed to manage this transformation? Will your existing mobile services be impacted by IoT-driven changes?

EXFO has the expertise and solutions you need to make sure your networks continue to perform flawlessly as you transition into the IoT era.

IoT use cases and solutions

There is no one-size-fits-all for IoT, but there is a common need—quality of service. Having clear visibility into network and service performance is critical to the success of every IoT application. Testing, monitoring and assuring must be integral to every solution. From industry leading handheld test sets to virtualized assurance solutions to real-time analytics platforms to simulators for network and equipment validation, EXFO has the solutions to support any IoT network.

Connected vehicles

Roads filled with self-driving vehicles and skies filled with drones; an emerging reality that, without a centralized control system ensuring the safety of vehicles and people, would result in chaos.

For such a control system to work, the network needs to be fast (< 1 ms latency), always on (at least ‘six 9's’ availability) and able to handle 1000’s of vehicles, moving at highway speeds across multiple cell sites.

Having the tools and expertise to ensure visibility and control of IoT networks and services throughout the entire lifecycle is critical for success.

How EXFO helps

How to improve QoS and QoE with end-to-end service assurance in a virtualized SDN/NFV network Deliver superior quality of experience through accurate one-way delay assurance. Lifecycle testing strategy for mobile networks in the IoT era Multidimensional analytics Using real-time 3D analytics to help Canadian CSP meet SLA targets

Industrial IoT

Hundreds of robots, all working with precision timing and coordination. Materials arriving exactly when needed and no time for unnecessary maintenance. This is the modern factory.

Having real-time visibility and control is essential to operations. The IoT network needs to support always-on, real-time communications to ensure things are running as planned, and when they don’t, that downtime and loss is minimized.

Having the right tools to visualize performance and availability are essential to achieving this goals.

How EXFO helps

Service assurance monitoring for one-way latency Universal virtual sync for one-way latency Test orchestration/automation for scalability, MTTR, consistency Analytics for predictive network maintenance

Smart meters

Hundreds of thousands of meters per square kilometer—possibly located in basements or interior rooms with limited access available—sleeping until it’s time to transmit a reading. That's the reality of smart meters. 

Your challenges? Ensuring the meters are reachable by whatever air interface is being used. Having the network capacity to manage multiple thousands of meters ‘waking up’ and transmitting simultaneously. Accurate billing and minimized operations cost rely on flawless operation.

Having the right tools to stress test the network design and verify wireless connectivity is critical to achieving success.

How EXFO helps

Simulators for scale testing the network Air interface testing for signal strength Analytics for predictive maintenance Full lifecycle testing

Smart cities

Traffic lights that adapt to congestion or accidents. Sensors that report accidents or road conditions and automatically dispatch the appropriate help. Real-time connectivity to guidance systems that automatically provide the fastest route to your destination.

The network that supports this vision needs to be always on (six 9's availability) and able to cope with dense urban environments, without issue—especially during emergency events.

Having the right tools to stress test the network design and verify wireless connectivity is critical to achieving success.

How EXFO helps

Service assurance monitoring availability testing Simulators for mobility handoff stress testing Test orchestration/automation for scalability, MTTR, consistency Analytics for predictive maintenance Full lifecycle testing

Smart agriculture

Remote sensors, distributed throughout the fields, orchards or vineyards for soil moisture and nutrient monitoring. Health and location sensors tagged to animals in the herd. Real-time maintenance status of farm equipment. This is the farm of today.

Farms covering thousands of acres, herds of thousands of cattle. Having the wireless coverage to connect when needed is critical to ensuring crop and livestock health.

Having the right tools to verify wireless connectivity and detect failures in a timely manner are critical to the success of modern farming operations.

How EXFO helps

Test orchestration/automation for scalability, MTTR, consistency Air interface testing for signal strength Analytics for predictive maintenance

Asset tracking

Hundreds of thousands of cargo containers carrying thousands of pieces of goods, all part of hundreds of thousands of ‘just-in-time’ (JIT) supply chains. Keeping track of all this inventory, globally, is what drives efficiency in  the modern factory.

A global network that supports a wide range of wireless access technologies, for high density, high mobility shipping and in near real-time to support JIT supply chains is critical to today’s cost-optimized factories.

Having the right tools to stress test the network design and verify wireless connectivity is critical to achieving success.

How EXFO helps

Service assurance monitoring for availability testing Simulators for mobility handoff stress testing Test orchestration/automation for scalability, MTTR, consistency Analytics for predictive maintenance