What is IoT, and why should you care?

What is IoT, and why should you care?

In this dynamic world of digital innovations, telecom operators stand to gain from IoT as much as the IoT industry can benefit from the new advancements in Telecom. It is clearly a win-win situation for all.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of interconnected devices which collect data and exchange it over the internet. These devices use intelligent sensors to capture a vast data complexity and transport it via communication platforms such as cellular networks, Wi-Fi, and WAN. Powerful cloud orchestration software processes the data, and timely notifications are sent to users’ devices. The recent explosion of IoT technology has enabled the automation of many tasks formerly requiring human interaction.

How IoT can salvage your POTS

Major carriers send a clear signal that they are moving toward shutting down POTS networks as consumers and organizations voluntarily transition to next-generation devices and services. In fact, according to a 2020 OpenSignal report, the number of countries with 4G availability scores above 95% has recently doubled, with the US among them. Lumen filed to retire their copper in numerous states starting in September 2020. Other carriers have also transitioned thousands of customers from copper to fiber networks.

When is IoT relevant to your business?

  • Your team is performing a high quantity of repetitive manual tasks.
  • You need to track people, places, or things accurately.
  • You rely on high-quality data for analytical decision making.
  • You are mandated to comply with regulatory requirements.
  • You need to monitor physical environments.
  • You have realized a need for increased security.
  • You want to control devices remotely.
  • Your current processes are inefficient and losing money.

Businesses relying on POTS to provide analog dial tones for specialized devices and services like fax machines, alarm systems, POS (point of sale) systems, and elevator lines are facing a new challenge. Not all devices designed for an analog system convert straightforwardly to a digital one.

Faced with the reality of disappearing copper lines and rising monthly charges, what are the best options for transitioning your existing devices? Fortunately, the rapid expansion of IoT combined with advanced internet technology has brought forth viable solutions for salvaging your outdated POTS.

POTS in a Box: the all-in-one solution

POTS in a Box is an “office in a box” solution that streamlines the carryover of analog lines to modern data networks like LTE. The transition typically results in immediate cost savings. Reliable support is available for specialty lines such as elevators and alarms, with failover capabilities. An integral router and Wi-Fi are usually included with the package and the PBX required to enable a VoIP network.

Are you ready to make the transition?

Lancaster Communications expertly aligns the right products and services with your unique business needs. We can identify which areas would benefit most from IoT implementations and architect the best solution to meet your individual needs. Get in touch with Lancaster today to discuss the ideal solution for converting your outdated POTS with the best-fitting next-gen technologies.

About the author

Marcela Vivas is an Entrepeneur, Advertiser and Digital Marketing expert. As the Digital Marketing Director and Pricing Analyst at Lancaster Communications Group, her role is to inform customers not only about the best solutions and pricing opportunities, but about the new technologies and trending topics of the ever evolving world of Telecom.