When it comes to IoT connectivity we find it important to distinguish between different types of connectivity. At Schildknecht we like to differentiate between IoT connected devices on a vertical or a horizontal level.
Vertical networking means connecting things like sensors and machinery with end users within a specific production facility or location. For this we recommend using the local Ethernet infrastructure.
Mobile radio comes into play, when you consider horizontal networking. Horizontal networking means site-independent data communication – machine to machine – throughout the entire value chain. Things and end users will be located at different sites and some end users may even be working for different companies. In horizontal networking mobile radio is the simplest and most versatile technology to transmit data from a machine to its manufacturer. With mobile radio a lot of complexity is taken out of the equation: you can connect without having to worry about local IT infrastructure and Internet connections.