Blog: A Never Ending Connection

Research has forecasted that by 2022 there will be over 80 billion connected devices, see the picture below from ZK Research 2017; IoT Device Forecast.

Even though IoT may seem futuristic, it is already here. Besides consumers, more and more businesses go digital. As businesses get more familiar and implement IoT systems, more business practices and critical operations will rely on an IoT network infrastructure. Bandwidth restrictions, internet downtime or even the slightest downgrading of service can have negative consequences. Businesses become more dependent upon an ‘’online’’ network, with high bandwidth and high redundancy. The ‘being-online-is-nice-to-have’’ changes into ‘’being-online-need-to-have’’, it could be said that being online has become a commodity.

The internet is down This is disastrous for any kind of business, not matter if you are a retail shop, hospital, law firm or a school. Imagine; customers can’t pay, security systems are down, patient can’t be monitored, client cases can’t be accessed and the learning system is down…. All negative consequences. The level of your network’s redundancy depends upon several factors, whereas downtime may be the most important one.

But what exactly is redundancy? According to Google, ‘’network redundancy is a process through which additional or alternate instances of network devices, equipment and communication mediums are installed within network infrastructure. It is a method for ensuring network availability in case of a network device or path failure and unavailability. As such, it provides a means of network failover.’’ However, in case an IoT network relies solely on a single form of network connectivity (e.g. 4G or DSL) or one provider, operational risk of downtime will be significantly higher. It is therefore crucial for IoT systems, that the network infrastructure is high redundant and no matter what happens to the network infrastructure the business remains online, the connection(s) will continue.

Our secret Bonding is the glue that holds the various connections of different providers together in order for the critical applications to stay online. The bonding technique creates one single virtual broadband line based upon all the combined broadband bandwidths from all the different networking media (e.g. 4G and DSL). An interruption of one of the individual lines will not affect the critical applications using the bonded link. Resulting in seamless redundancy; never offline.