Connectivity, protocols, security and IoT needs: how to find the right path

With the Internet of Things (IoT), one size does not fit all. To answer multiple needs and use case constraints – data volume, latency, battery consumption, interoperability, security and much more – multiple technologies have been developed. As a result, a forest of choice faces you, and it is sometimes difficult to find a path best adapted to a particular use case.
  • Which low power, wide area connectivity should I use?
  • What protocol (SMS, MQTT, CoAP, Lightweight machine-to-machine, etc.) will offer good compatibility, standards, efficiency?
  • What are the impacts if I increase the level of security?

Answers to these questions are not black or white and depend closely on your use case, your build and operation constraints, and on the compromises that you can make. Before you start planning, you need facts.

Orange has compiled the facts you need in a technical paper based on practical work done by various experts at Orange over several years and in many different geographies. These facts include:

  • Compatibility between connectivity and protocols
  • Transport efficiency
  • Battery consumption

Based on these facts, and with explanations of the technologies, we conclude by presenting some guidelines to handle a specific use case and to aid you with your choices.

We are confident you will find much useful information, and even some inspiration, to meet your own IoT challenges with help from this technical paper. If you need further details or more concrete case studies from the technical field, do not hesitate to ask Orange for support.

You can download the technical paper here.

Jean-Michel Ortholand
Jean-Michel Ortholand

Jean-Michel is CTIO IOT for the B2B market at Orange, specializing in computer science, the Internet of Things and agility. When not working on innovations in IoT, he enjoys traveling and biking.