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Considering smart city tech? Consider this first.

Learn how our patented platform stands out in a sea of smart solutions

Written by Eric Murray, Solutions Architect of Global IIoT for Trilliant

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About Eric: Eric has been in the data communications industry for over twenty years with positions in research and development, professional services and in pre-sales.  His experience in IoT began ten years ago while supporting the utility industry and he has contributed to IoT innovation and architectures that address networking and security from sensors up into the associated head end and into the cloud.

So, you want to connect all sorts of Things – traffic sensors, smart streetlights or maybe an air quality device – using some sort of Wireless Sensor Network (WSN). You plan to get business value from new data streams and enjoy the business intelligence derived from them all. But, do you know how to connect everything? Probably not. Do you know what’s available in network solutions? Who does!?  Would you lose sleep as the IT stakeholder or CSO, after having deployed that extensive IoT network?  You might!

What if you could connect all your deployed devices no matter if powered by AC or battery while getting the performance you desire, and not needing to think about risk in a widely dispersed network solution?  What if you could avoid cellular carrier costs and related product sunsetting? Have your own cost-effective, lightweight private middle-mile and/or backhaul, without need for care and feeding?

This might sound too good to be true. Or, you might just need the help of a network innovator who does this for a living – that would be Trilliant. When these devices work together, they can help inform the provider or municipality to make decisions without need to call, drive by, count, or manually measure reads or data. When all of this information is viewed collectively, it allows for additional insights for correlations and trends. For a provider or municipality, this can help provide a return on investment and enable operational efficiencies.

With operating IoT endpoints in the millions, Trilliant delivers network innovation and turnkey smart city solutions where our customers often choose to own the entire string of equipment — a private backhaul and without recurring carrier charges — and these providers trust Trilliant to operate it.  Our security is customized, allowing per-stream segregation, built around reducing risk, tight SLA conformance and granular control over planned upgrades (unicast, multicast or broadcast). With one of the only platforms to facilitate execution of random PoCs; try before you buy another sensor/killer app, and where opt-in strategies for end customers are the rule and not the exception.

We would not be able to achieve these benchmarks if we only used standards-based radio frequency mechanisms for AMI or IoT that operate in the 700-900Mhz range and have limitations in many places around the globe. Instead, Trilliant follows the regulations that enable us to meet global requirements – use of unlicensed radio spectrum in the sweetest spot. Trilliant rides between WiFi channels, yes, the ubiquitous 2.4GHz band that’s available across the globe. Luckily, 2.4GHz can carry anything to your most remote sensors, trumping the likes of LoraWAN while greatly exceeding its data rate. Innovation has enabled us to achieve factors of greater performance in Low Power WSN and produce industry-leading performance in conforming mesh networks.

So, before you begin populating your smart city landscape with the latest sensors and opt for a quasi-IoT, modified and constrained AMI or DA mesh technology approach for your most important network to date, consider the Trilliant solution that was built for any device, anywhere, from the start. Put your fire-and-forget private network in, first and begin enjoying your network of Things.