“Soon there will be millions of smart devices across the globe, and it will be too costly and time-consuming to manually update these widely spread devices. Here is the solution to automatically update all your far-flung deployments”
IoT devices are growing rapidly around the world as they are constantly improving operational efficiency, enhancing productivity, and playing a major role in lowering operational costs. As a result, the number of businesses that use IoT technologies has increased from 13 percent in 2014 to about 25 percent in 2019. According to Ericsson, The number of cellular IoT connections is projected to reach 5 billion in 2025, where one quarter will represent LTE and 5G connection, while roughly 50% will be NB-IoT and LTE-M.
Since LTE and 5G will represent one-third of the cellular IoT connections and soon there will be millions of smart devices enabling various sectors such smart cities, public transport, automatic fare collection system, Industrial automation, so on and so forth, we will soon have one essential requirement to take care of, and that will be keeping these widely spread deployments up to date.
The most commonly used connected devices will be edge devices that play a variety of roles including transmission, computing, routing, processing, monitoring, filtering, translation, storage of data, and also decision-making.
As we are aware that firmware and application updates are essential for consumer electronics such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Similarly, smart or edge devices are also required to be updated to keep the deployments healthy, improve performance, and upgrading to upcoming security protocols.
Why we need software updates:
Unfortunately, many organizations do not pay serious attention to the need for updating IoT devices so first let us discuss why we need software update in smart devices:
- Improve the stability of software and applications
- Enhances compatibility with hardware
- Helps in faster time to market — release now, update later
- Protect against rising cyberattacks with critical security patches
- Facilitates innovative software-based business models
Since we now understand the need for software updates in smart devices, the question comes that how are we going to keep these widely spread devices up to date? As manual updation of such far-flung devices would be too costly and time-consuming.
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Moreover, in epidemic situations such as the Covid-19 outbreak that resulted in a worldwide lockdown scenario, where arranging field service visits can be extremely hard and risky, how can we keep the system up and running without any physical intervention?
The Solution — Over the Air (OTA) Updates:
To avoid the cost burden of field service visits and increase operational efficiency for a widely spread device fleet, it is imperative for us to adopt such a system that will help us remotely access and update.
One of the most important features of wirelessly connected devices is the capability of over-the-air (OTA) updates. OTA is useful to update the firmware as well as applications. It works in a similar fashion as our computers, laptops, tablets, and phones get updated.
Off late, many organizations are showing interest in implementing OTA technologies, but currently, we are witnessing a significant increase in its adoption, partially because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As online conferencing tools such as zoom, skype, microsoft teams are booming nowadays because such tools connect people remotely to improve the workforce’s productivity. Organizations are also understanding the importance of connecting with their widely spread devices remotely to improve operational efficiency.
Now, let us cover how an Over-the-Air (OTA) update solution works. In our next blog, we will cover how OTA testing can be a game-changer when it comes to reducing maintenance costs.
How it works: learn more here https://trunexa.com/blog-detail/what-is-ota-updates-for-iot-and-why-its-important-in-todays-world