Carried into the future
Recently, Opengear was given the opportunity to install an IM7200 in the Verizon Innovation Center in Waltham, Massachusetts. As I toured the Innovation Center, it became obvious that LTE connected products are linking devices in a way we never imagined a few years ago.
Verizon displays an old switchboard relic as a reminder of the tremendous technology changes that have occurred in recent years, during which time carriers have seen land lines replaced by cell connections at an amazing rate.
This trend started in homes, with more than one third of land lines being replaced each year. Businesses soon followed suit with VOIP systems that offered better quality and reliability. Cell phones were the next phase of evolution, as businesses changed their habits to include smart phone operations.
Modern cell network technologies provide up to 10 Mbps (and sometimes even higher) downloads for 3.5G and 4G LTE connections. Contrast this to 100 Kbps for the older GPRS, CDMA and GSM technologies. Could we compare a 56 kbps v.92 modem with a 4G LTE connection? Twenty times speed increases have transformed connection capabilities across many applications.
Cellular carriers are now on the verge of a new revolution with the Internet of Things. This is apparent in the Verizon Innovation Center, where garbage cans, solar towers, firefighting equipment, and home security systems with LTE capabilities are displayed. POTS modem connections were pervasive a few years ago, and we now have a cellular connection to a garbage can! Low-cost cellular modules and speed improvements of more than 10 times over 3G connections are enabling this revolution. The Internet of Things is not some future dream – it already exists at the Verizon Innovation Center.