May 30, 2019
Should you Embed a Cellular Module?
To embed or not to embed, that is the question for Cellular IoT applications. The cellular component is typically the highest-priced component of an IoT solution, but these components have become more reasonable in price making them initially an attractive option. Choosing wisely to embed or not to embed a cellular module can make or break a product. Embedding a cellular module is difficult, time-consuming (9-18 months), and littered with unknown costs that quickly balloon the project and make ROI an elusive target. To embed a cellular module. you have to have realistic expectations and know your capabilities without being SOLD on just doing it. Initial questions that need to be addressed are the realistic IOT application expectations in terms of end solution cost and application volume, cellular IOT integration support from the supplier, organizational RF and electrical engineering successful experience, and cellular IOT product lifecycle support. Here are some initial questions to ask regarding an embedded solution:
- What are the real costs of embedding a module?
- What technical support offered by a wireless component supplier during engineering and post-deployment?
- Cellular Roadmap to support 3G to 4G to 5G migrations and beyond